In recent news, Sean “Diddy” Combs has been very vocal about African Americans taking charge of their community in reference to the current election. Combs is advocating for exercising voting rights and believes millennials will play a pivotal role on which candidate will take office next.
“I believe we shouldn’t give up our vote so easily. We should know what’s going to be happening and what’s being promised. It’s politics! If you vote for somebody, you want to get something in return that works for your community; that works with every community,” he says.
The U.S. electorate this year will be the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse yet. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Statistics, nearly one-in-three eligible voters on Election Day, a reported 31%, will be either Hispanic or Black. Unfortunately, thousands of African Americans still have no intention of voting for lack of wanting to partake in a system that’s notorious for oppressing Blacks.
“We don’t deserve to be treated like that for our vote. We all honestly just want something for our kids. We’re so used to the struggle that we’re good and we can handle that, but what is going to change for our kid’s future? That’s the only thing that is going to change the conditions of their spirit and how we respect life and how we respect others if we have a future,” he adds.
Combs has declared the Black community is in a state of emergency and has been for some time now. He also feels that candidates running for office should speak more on the economic issues affecting Blacks, no matter what their racial background may be.
“They’re afraid to save the African American community and they are afraid to save African American kids. We have nothing to lose. In order to protect the future, you have to protect your vote,” says Combs.
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