This time of year is pivotal in our country's history, and to our current and future well-being. Politics isn't a favorite subject in the urban world, but since the election of President Obama in 2008, it has sparked interest among all groups of people.
From Black to White, college students to blue collar workers, to well-to-do socialites, the excitement was and still is rampant. Even in entertainment, various artists, actors, and recognized figures are speaking out on who they support. Many are strong Democrats, others solid Republicans, and then some aren't sold on any side at all. The same holds true for everyday young people, middle class, and wealthy Americans.
Voting is something people do out of right; other times, ritual. It is well known that more Blacks and young people of different ethnicities vote Democrat. Often times, their parents instilled that in them, along with their ABC's, prayer, and saying 'thank you.' Now that you're older, it's time to make an educated decision of your own.
It's not about how or why you vote, but more so what your vote means to you. Research is fairly simple, with the vast array of information available by simply clicking on Google, or any other search engine. Of course, all of the information you'll find isn't accurate, but being a voter includes educating yourself. Especially in local and state elections - those decisions impact us greatly, and shape the bigger elections.
In 2008, the world witnessed a shift. Voting became the coolest thing to do. Hip-Hop artists and executives played a major role in that phenomenon. Plenty of ads, songs, and rallies were everywhere, all for voting, all for change.
This election, and those that follow, remember, young people and young adults, that the power in the booth is yours.
What are your views on politics? Does the Hip-Hop community have a larger responsibility to get fans more involved in the process? Let us know what you think.
Tawni Fears is a freelance writer and contributor to AllHipHop.com. Follow her on Twitter (@brwnsugaT).
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