Hillary Clinton won young voters with 55 percent of the vote compared to Donald Trump’s 37 percent. As one could imagine, this means a lot of young people are pissed about how the election turned out. But these numbers don’t include people who couldn’t vote because they were under the age of 18, such as high school students across the country. They’re making their voices heard in other ways.
Now that the debates are over, all that is left in this election cycle is Election Day itself, taking place on November 8th. While I think that everyone who is able should get out and vote, I know that many of us are not exactly overjoyed at either party’s candidate for president. Because we know that electoral politics not the most likely key to black liberation, here are some ways that you can resist and lobby the next administration, whether it is Republican or Democrat.
By Liz Adetiba and Jordie Davies
The Oakland-based organizer and activist Alicia Garza, who is also the originator of the Black Lives Matter rallying cry and one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Network, thinks Black people have a lot to talk about outside of police violence. In this interview, we discussed with Garza what she believed is missing from the movement, how it is portrayed in the media, and the various points of entry for activism–from politics to protest.
Colin Kaepernick has gone to great lengths to show that while he’s protesting the National Anthem, he has great respect for members of the military and their sacrifices. Despite this, many people feel that anything but unapologetic support for all things tied to American symbolism is un-American.
While he originally supported Kaepernick’s freedom of speech, and his cause, President Barack Obama recently came out to ask the football player, and other athletes, to consider military members and families during their protest. As if they weren’t already.
A group of protestors were marching by Eastern Michigan University’s campus following a racist act that brought shame to the entire institution. Unfortunately, their demonstration was interrupted by another act of disrespect as a driver tried to drive their SUV through the crowd.
Protests in Charlotte, North Carolina spilled over into another night of outrage on Wednesday after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, who police claim was armed and not cooperating with officer’s commands. Witnesses contradict this claim, stating Scott was holding a book and waiting to pick up his children from school.
Marshawn Lynch has been a real dude since high school. Growing up in Oakland, witnessing ongoing police violence and brutality can have that effect on an individual. During a recent discussion with Conan O’Brien, Lynch explained how he feels about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and what it means for justice.
Following Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, debate has grown about the ways people of color should protest. Yes, many white people have completely missed the point that Kaepernick and so many others are making when they stand up against police violence against Black people: that people of color should have freedom to exist in whatever way they please.
Instead, many white people focus on how uncomfortable they feel that people of color would do or say anything at all in opposition to systems of oppression. In response, Seriously.TV has made a new video showing just how problematic it is to tell people of color how they should protest.
Last week, a heated conflict between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the federal government came to a head: after a district court ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act in their construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), three federal agencies blocked further construction of the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe, a major water source for the tribe.