I’ll still complain about politics even when I don’t vote – fight me.

I am a non-voter who has the audacity to still be upset that my people are dying. I have been told innumerable times that I am not supposed to be allowed this. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is perhaps the most common non-voter shaming refrain I’ve heard, right up there with “your ancestors died for the right to vote.”

But I am not generally one to accept what society allows me to do as gospel.

I learned this from those very same ancestors, who, as even non-voter shamers acknowledge, lost their lives so that I could do what they weren’t allowed. Some say their deaths were only for my right to vote, but I know they died to get closer to freedom. I know they died also to be able to refuse the vote if it does not work towards that freedom. I know that my people are still dying–still died even when I did vote–and, if anything, my ancestors lost their lives so that I would never let anything get in the way of raising hell about it.

Obama Appoints 100+ Supporters And Aides To New Government Positions

President Obama’s last days in office have clocked down to his last hours. Before he leaves, he’s making sure he gets in some final executive orders, including a final batch of commutations and taking care of his long-time supporters.

CNN reports that senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were among more than 100 of the soon-to-be former aides that Obama appointed to new government positions. 

Obamacare Enrollment Surges After Election, Trump Reconsiders Promise To End It

Besides claiming that he’ll build a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and banning all Muslims, one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises was a complete overhaul of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But, following a surge in the program’s enrollment after the election, Trump has backed off of his position. 

On Barack Obama, Absent Fathers, And The Jokes That Just Won’t Stop

Despite being published just a few months after I was born, I first read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father at 14. It was 2008, and it seemed as though the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president had consumed all of society. It had certainly taken over my family; for some of my loved ones, including my mom, it was their first time voting in a U.S. election.

Though I can’t quite remember who in my family purchased Obama’s autobiography for me, I vividly remember being captivated by his story.

U.S. Government Settles $492 Million Lawsuit With Native American Tribes

The U.S. Government has will pay 17 Native American tribes $492 million after a legal settlement, according to NPR. The payment is meant to make amends for the mismanaging natural of resources and other tribal assets.

The settlement is meant to serve as a compromise between the tribes and the federal government, especially after President Obama promised to restore relations with the Native American community on the campaign trail.