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Hill Harper: ‘Not voting is a vote for Trump’

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Photo credit: Eric Hobson for Steed Media

“Not voting is a vote for Trump. If you don’t vote, you are voting for Donald Trump and we can not allow that victory,” declared actor Hill Harper as he met with voters gathered at River Rouge High School, just outside of Detroit. With the election less than 30 days away, the seven-time NAACP Image award winner and New York Times best-seller is taking the initiative to educate key states such as Michigan and Ohio about the importance of registering and voting this election. Due to the craziness surrounding this presidential election, many feel that not voting at all is the best option this time around.

While campaigning for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, Harper stressed to the youth that voting determines laws and decisions that will be made and it is up to them to take charge. Check out what Harper shared with rolling out about the 2016 election and why Clinton should be elected our next president:

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Photo credit: Eric Hobson for Steed Media

Why is voting in this particular election so important?

Voting in this election is so important because every vote that’s not cast, is a vote for Donald Trump. What I mean by that is, when we think about this election and all the values and issues that the candidates represent, there’s no question that protecting president Obama’s legacy–my brothers keeper, criminal justice reform, the affordable care act, supreme court justice seat — there’s no question, Hillary Clinton is the correct choice for protecting that legacy. Yet, the way the turnout is going, a lot of folks saying “Oh I may not vote,” or “My vote doesn’t matter.” That is a critical mistake. We need people to turn out and encourage other people to vote, particularly early voting.

How do we get millennial voters to the polls next month?

The young people have to understand that particularly the Supreme Court seat, the next presidential election, the age of the justices [on the Supreme Court] — we know probably two more seats will become vacant within the next four years, certainly within the next eight years for sure, [so] the balance of the core will impact the next 30-40 years. Empowerment zones, jobs, affordability of education, being able to pay for education, funding for public education … all of those things are impacted by who sits. What happens is these states will file suit against this and against that because they’re obstructionists. We have to get them to understand the importance of voting. Roe v. Wade, protection for women’s right to choose; all of these things that are important because of the people who scaled back the power to vote.

What would be your response to a millennial who says “I’m not voting because my vote is not going to count anyway?”

If your vote didn’t matter, why would millions of dollars be spent to suppress your ability to vote? Why would so many people work so hard to make sure you don’t vote? Why would they try to pull your rights away by saying student IDs aren’t allowed, but gun registration IDs are allowed?  Why? Your vote matters. That should prove it to you. Elections matter.

What else do young voters need to know about voting in this very important election?

At the end of the day, they need to understand that sitting on the sidelines is not an option. And they’re voting all the time anyway. Likes on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter is a vote, but it’s not meaningful in a sense of putting someone in an office. Unfortunately, a lot of people think standing in a line to vote is a waste of their time — obviously, we’re gonna see voting happen electronically sometime in the future — but we need you to be active and do the work and stand in line to vote. We need you to show up this election.

How do you feel about those who aren’t voting this election? Encourage a peer to meet you at the polls on Nov. 8!

Photo gallery credit: Eric Hobson for Steed Media 




26 Comments

  1. Ron Goss on October 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I encourage everyone to vote on Nov. 8 and to vote for Donald Trump. Get rid of Obamacare, the largest tax hike ever, get a moderate on the Supreme Court to keep family values. Hitlery Clinton will take the US farther down the drain.

    • Sol Rothstein on October 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Trump, TRUMP, Trump….2016

      Blacks for TRUMP…yes we can — MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN…

      • Weldon Williams on October 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm

        Have you totally lost your friggin mind??? What part don’t you understand that this Fool is a BIGOT and has NO concern for YOU or YOUR WELL BEING!!! SMDH! YOU EMBASUL!!!

        • Sol Rothstein on October 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

          Don’t CARE…

          • Weldon Williams on October 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

            GREAT ,MY POINT PROVEN!



          • alwaysright21 on October 20, 2016 at 1:19 am

            You are one gay niggerboy?



          • Weldon Williams on October 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

            Had your Mom so what does that make Her???



          • alwaysright21 on October 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

            with no adult male niggers around niglets start assfucking each other at an early age…
            they all have aids or herpes



          • Weldon Williams on October 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm

            Now you know how your Mommy got it.



          • swmpl on October 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

            Vote yourself to the plantation.



          • Sol Rothstein on October 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm

            Lick my dick Black Whore



          • swmpl on October 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

            Forrest trump has 630 Million in debt. He owes millions to oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Russia is facing an economic crisis because of the failed policies of Putin, and international sanctions approved by the US. And Forrest trump declaring the US election is rigged not only undermines US politial process, it also gives credibility to putin who is criticized for lack of democracy. Drumpf does not have your interest or even Americans best interest in mind. He is only concerned with his own interests. He will abuse eminent domain and any other policy only to further his own personal interests to the detriment of Americans.



        • Dead Ngr Storage on October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

          What part of “super predators” and “just think, few years ago he would have been fetching our coffee” don’t you understand?

    • Public_Programming on October 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      The healthcare system was trash before Obamacare. The Supreme court was full of racists and uncle Toms like Justice Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The US was built on death, thievery and destruction and will therefore get what it deserves eventually. They are all crooks. Trump is just a distraction.

    • Rosalie Parker on October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Your encouragement is not working with me. I will cast my vote for Hillary – NEVER TRUMP!

  2. Public_Programming on October 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    When will these actors/celebs get a clue? The winner is already chosen. It’s so obvious now. Your vote on the federal level means nothing. Focus on your city/state local governments, know who your police chief is and the judges. That’s who will be affecting your life.

    • Rosalie Parker on October 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      I do that and I am voting next month too.

  3. Mike Grier on October 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    sheep will be sheep…the election is already decided. Gosh people are stupid. Dont waste your time with the song and dance.

  4. Jason on October 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Wrong Mr Harper. Maybe not voting as a strategy is a better than voting for people who don’t give a hoot about you.

    • alwaysright21 on October 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Give a hoot don’t ?!

    • Smarter Dias on November 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      It’s true. Some people may be saying “Voting in this election is like choosing between getting shot by a .22 or a 357 either way I’m screwed” Some people actually believe it would be immoral to vote for either candidate since they both have their share of dirt. (Like choosing to vote for Stalin or Hitler-one was on the left the other on the right– you don’t want either and both were evil)

      He is right about one thing many democrats are sick of the clinton legacy and will not vote for her. They are not saying yes to trump they are saying I aint your house nigga and I have mind of my own.

  5. Registeredtovote on October 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I’m so tired of celebrities using their status to tell you who to vote for. Yes, we should vote but we make the choice of who we want. They do too much persuading instead of letting the people research the candidates themselves. This election is all about who knows the best celebrities. Can’t wait till its over.

  6. alwaysright21 on October 18, 2016 at 7:17 am

    ‘not nigging is a nig fo niggahs gnomesain?’

  7. Karbas on October 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    This black man is voting for TRUMP. Hillary is a liar and a crook. Democrats have destroyed our lives!

    • swmpl on October 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Trumps aim is to start a civil war, and make minorties lives so uncomfortable that they self deport. Ask any of the white nationaliats who frquent this site.

  8. Dead Ngr Storage on October 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    “Keep us on the plantation” is what their signs should say.