What happens after we vote.
Hi ZORA Fam,
Another Black man was killed this week. I didn’t watch the video. I have no interest in seeing another dead Black body. I don’t think I can handle hearing Walter Wallace Jr.’s mother crying and screaming while her son dies in the street. It’s too frustrating to watch protesters march and demand an end to police brutality again.
We’ve been here before. We’ve asked police to stop killing us before. We’ve asked for reform and policy change before. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same and honestly, I’m getting a little discouraged. Even as we rally people toward the polls to vote out the most divisive president in recent history, I sometimes wonder if we’re looking for accountability and protection from the same systems that oppress us.
Can voting really bring the radical change we seek?
In her essay for the LEVEL series Abolition for the People, writer and activist Rakia Lumumba explains that voting out those who perpetuate harm is a key part of abolishing racist systems and moving toward restorative justice.
“Engaging in the electoral process is about unseating over 400 years of White supremacy that still plagues the U.S. system in very real and systemic ways,” she writes. “It is about creating a system of justice that values Black, Brown, trans, gender nonconforming, gay, lesbian, and disabled lives and does not condone modern-day lynchings. It’s about government representation that protects the lives of our children and their children.”
Voting is just the first step in a long journey toward true social justice and change. It won’t change everything overnight, but it’s a start.
Please vote, pay attention, take action and take care of yourselves.
-Jolie A. Doggett, ZORA platform editor
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This election season has been absolute Hell on Earth but the #JoyToThePolls initiative is bringing some light and life to the voting experience, playing music and having dance parties with people waiting in line to cast their vote. Turn up!
Netflix drops the trailer for Selena: The Series: 90/💯
Grab your dancing shoes and bedazzled brassieres! We’re so excited for the new Netflix series to tell the life story of Tejano music star, Selena Quintanilla, her band and her family. The series premieres Dec. 4. We’re hopeful the show won’t disappoint.
Keiajah Brooks calls out the Kansas City board of police commissioners: 💯/💯
When a group of activists interrupted a KC board of police commissioners meeting calling for the resignation of the police chief, Keiajah gave the entire room the read of a lifetime. “I’m not here begging anything soulless White folks or self preserving Black folks. You get one life and you all in this room have chosen profits over people.” Whew!
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her daughter grace the cover of Teen Vogue: 💯/💯
The representative and her climate activist daughter, Isra Hirsi, are gorgeous and glowing in their cover story where they discuss organizing their communities to move toward a more just 2020.
Black journalists speak up about diversity issues at Vogue: 75/💯
In an article for The New York Times, several current and former Black employees at Vogue shared their experiences with racism within the fashion publication and even from editor-in-chief Anna Wintour herself. But will this result in necessary change at the magazine and in the industry? Only time will tell.
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“Yes, we have fought for America with all her imperfections, not so much for what she is, but for what we know she can be.” — Mary McLeod Bethune
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