Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Feeling a little uneasy.

With the election only 6 days away, I admit, I'm quite nervous about how things are going to turn out. For all of you Obama voters out there, please don't get complacent now! We still have 6 days to make sure that this election turns out the right way.

Even though the polls suggest that Obama is miles ahead of McCain, I don't think that we should assume that Obama's got it in the bag. Stranger things have happened, especially on Election Day.

The New York Times has an article about the unease amongst black voters that their early votes won't be counted. There's a rumor going around Jacksonville, Florida that early voting is nothing more than a disenfranchisement scam.

Could this possibly be true? Well, in West Virginia, people are sending out fliers saying that Republicans vote on November 4th, and Democrats vote on November 5th. While most of us know this is untrue, what about members of the underserved population who don't have access to important information?

Racial bias still lingers in this country. I'm worried that people who vote in minority areas will be subjected to rolling blackouts or that the bus line won't work. Is this paranoid? Maybe so, but I'm not convinced that "something" won't happen on Election Day.

And how post racial are we? A few days ago, two white supremacists plotted to go on a national killing spree, decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Barack Obama. They planned to shoot 88 people- 14 by beheading. 88 and 14 are symbolic numbers in the white supremacist community.

Sometimes reading this stuff makes me never want to leave my house again.

Anyway, don't give up hope. Change is upon us!

1 comment:

Ghenet said...

I feel the same nervousness and am, too, trying to remain hopeful! I really want to believe that our country as a whole is capable of being fair and unbiased toward its own people, but I just don’t know if it’ll happen this time around. I’m terrified of Election Day and hope that there are enough Obama volunteers out there making sure people get out and vote, and know that they have the right to vote on November 4th, no matter what.

You’ve probably seen this already but I think it’s very nicely put:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run. Obama runs so our children can fly.