“Vote your heart ... unless it’s evil,” my homegirl laughs, taking a sip of her drink.
I can’t help but laugh, too, despite the loaded conversation. After all, my friend, a steadfast supporter of the “other blue meat,” is right: This election cycle—more than most in recent history—has the potential to move our country forward or back at least a half-century. Attention must be paid.
But while black voting rates have steadily increased (pdf) during the last two voting cycles in the U.S., we are still voting at embarrassingly low rates proportionate to our populace—and potential voting power. Perhaps because there seems to be no singularly motivating candidate (damn, I already miss Bam), many of us are sadly apathetic this campaign season.