Five first-time voters tell us the role casting a ballot plays in crafting the world they want to see

A volunteer shows the bar code that she gives to people to register to vote online at the Gen-Z Drive Up Voter Registration Event organized by BeWoke Vote on September 19, 2020 in Compton, California. Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

The US population makes up only 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but 21 percent of all Covid-19 cases. But that shouldn’t be a surprise to us, no matter the false ideals of American Exceptionalism that have been forcefully driven down our throats.

Artwork curated by Lifted Voices and Love & Protect for their week of collective mourning of Covid-19 victims. || Lifted Voices and Love & Protect

My Blackness put me in a position to been seen as inhuman — and my Americanness forced me to accept it

A Black man running his hand through his hair.
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If not me, then who? A 40-year-old White man?

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Adam Mahoney

Black Journalist (he/him) focused on Black life, police and prisons. Split living between 310 and 312. Words in the Guardian, BuzzFeed and many more.

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