Is This What You Wanted?

Over 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a disease that we were told will be eradicated before it’s a problem. By the man who has decided to take America out of the World Health Organization. Our neighbors and community members are protesting — and rightfully so — the deep, deep racial inequality in this country. The man in the White House told us after what happened in Charlottesville — my former hometown — that there were "very fine people on both sides”.

Black lives matter.

All lives don’t matter until Black lives do.

We are told that the United States government is classifying a group that is opposed to fascism as a terrorist organization. Our government is now… anti-… anti-fascism‽ Does that make us… pro-fascism‽

We are being told that allowing mail-in voting is dangerous by the very people who fear so deeply the results of that style of voting. Their motives are so transparent.

If this is the America you wanted in 2016 — our Black community members demanding to be treated like humans, our hospitals fighting for the lives of everyday Americans, our doctors doing their jobs without the protective equipment they need to keep themselves safe — then I don’t know what to say to you.

For me, I hope and believe we can do better. And no matter what I feel about the nominee on the blue side of the ticket, you can bet I’m going to vote like hell in November.

Because all lives don’t matter until Black lives do too.

Because Black people deserve better.

Because people of color deserve better.

Because the LGBTQIA+ community deserves better.

Because so many other marginalized communities deserve better.

Because our doctors and nurses deserve better.

Because our teachers deserve better.

Our children deserve better.

We deserve better.

I’m going to vote like hell in November. I hope you do too.