To Vote or Not?
Why does it matter if Colin Kaepernick voted? Why does his not voting discredit his message to some? If you are free to vote, then you are free not to vote. His stance is against the system, so voting is participating in the system of oppression. If anything, his not voting is in line with his message.
“Yes, he has a constitutional right to refuse to stand during the anthem. Yes, he has a right to say a pox on politics and not vote. But no, he doesn’t have a moral right to both disrespect the country and not exercise his fundamental birthright — and duty — to help change it.” So according to George Skelton not voting is Colin’s right, but in order to keep his anger validated he moves to a emotional response: “disrespect the country” and “not exercise his fundamental birthright.” Kneeling for the anthem is not a form of disrespecting the country. I’m sick of hearing that stupid arguement. Second, we all know at a fundamental level voting, while wonderful and something to be celebrated, is something hard to believe in, especially this past election cycle.
The part that I agree with is his mention of the death penalty. “There was a proposition to repeal the death penalty, which many believe discriminates against blacks and Latinos. It lost narrowly. There also was a measure to expedite the death penalty. It won narrowly. And another proposal will allow earlier parole of prison inmates, which could help minorities. It won.” That’s my issue with Kapernick. He could have voted for those Props and used his voice to generate momentum to repeal the death penalty, instead we have sped it up.
He concludes the piece by saying, “When people don’t vote, they just hand over more power to the oppressors.” That sounds nice, but it is not entirely true. We learned our individual vote doesn’t matter. The way to take away power the oppressors is from the bottom up, a grassroots revolution. We can’t simply vote away a corrupt system, but one can choose to not participate.