Yes, I said what I said. That’s a privilege. I’ve been seeing more and more influencers online making statements about “not getting political” on their platforms and while I understand not wanting to pivot and becoming a political pundit but I believe that if you have any kind of platform you should be encouraging people to do their civic duty. At this point, it’s filling out their 2020 Census to ensure that their state, city, and neighborhood get the government funding they need for schools, roads, infrastructure, and general improvements. And let’s be honest, it’s also about voting and not just for the new president.
I’ve said it before and I can’t stress it enough, your local representatives affect your life far more than the sitting president. Your local mayor, sheriff, judges, Congress reps, school board members, etc affect your day-to-day life. Those roles are just as, if not more important than the president’s and at the very least you should be encouraging folks to vote in their best interests when it comes to those roles.
As far as the elephant in the room goes, I’m going to have to burst your bubble and let you know that silence on matters of human/racial/social injustice is siding with oppressors. Your silence means that you’re fine with the status quo. That you don’t want to “rock the boat”. That even though you claim to not have any privileges and got everything on your own when you didn’t, you did in fact benefit from some type of privilege. Shit, I might not have white privilege, but as a cishet, able-bodied, educated, and employed Black woman there are certain privileges that I have. I recognize that and use my platforms to amplify those who don’t have those same privileges.
I encourage you to do the same.