If nothing else, you should think about those who sacrificed all they had, including their lives, for your right to vote. Some teens will say they've heard it all before, but the fact is, it can never be said enough: "Your vote counts!"
My good friend, Matt Clarke, had this to publicly say on voting:
"I feel I have a responsibility as a white male, in our social hierarchy, to privilege and hold up the experiences and voices of people of color, women, and others who are marginalized in a society that supports white supremacy and patriarchy. I am not perfect, I can always do more, but it is important to me and people I love."
And it doesn't just stop with Matt Clarke, sports journalist, Dale Hansen, of Channel 8, until this week, had not voted in 46 years. Click below to find out why.
Why I Vote.
So here's a thing: if white males can feel so strongly about voting and your rights, why shouldn't you? Have you grown so accustomed to being complacent with your political, economic, environmental, and social conditions that you are willing to sacrifice your fundamental right, then complain when your green world turns gray?
Not me. I voted. Your ancestors did: the "strange fruit" who hung from trees. The young bodies beaten, bloodied and bullied with nightsticks. The homes, yards and cars that were bombed in an effort to "stop the vote." These stories are real. They did it for you. So you can sit where you want, live where you want, attend school and worship where you want, and work where you want. They voted or died trying to vote. For you.
Will you? Be dope and go vote.
Read the commentary above, then comment on the following: To what extent should people of color feel obligated to uphold the rights inherited by our ancestors by voting?
1. INCLUDE: First initial AND last name AND class period.
2. Respond in no more than 10 sentences and no less than five.
3. You MUST respond to at least TWO other posts from any student. Your replies cannot be identical comments on different posts and posting shallow comments such as "I agree" or "I disagree" will earn you a zero. Make sure your reply addresses the comment that you are responding to.
Be sure to--
- Be clear about your position
- Provide specific support for your argument
- Use rhetorical devices and other grammar elements
- Write EPIC Content-Engaging, Powerful, Informative, Creative
CAUTION!! Do NOT embarrass me, yourself, your class, the English department, the school or your parents with tasteless, meaningless comments. This is for a grade.
DISCLAIMER: If you do not respond AND comment on TWO others, you will not receive credit for this assignment. It's all or nothing.
Due: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST