November 5, 2018

Voting in Schools-- Opinion

This piece of mine is fairly simple, but I would like to make a point, even if for nothing more than allowing every one of us to ask ourselves a question: why are all schools closed on election day? 

A follow up to that is: why aren't businesses closed? Why isn't election day a national holiday? And these last two are very important questions brought up and considered by many different people, but the first of the three has gotten less attention, if any.

So, the obvious answer to it is for the polling centers, duh. But why not libraries, or even other government buildings like the post office, library, or DMV? Why do we close schools on election day, but keep businesses open?

The answer to why I don't want to have to miss school tomorrow lies in, not to sugarcoat it, a sly attempt at systematic oppression. Let me elaborate:

Our first understanding, hopefully acceptable by all, is that poor people have to work more to stay outside (or even just not at the bottom) of poverty. So an adult working one, or two, or three jobs, spanning their entire day wouldn't have time to vote. That is the first, and most obvious effort to slash out voting from poor demographics.

The next, relating to schools, is a little more hidden inside the cracks and crevices of the mask declaring us a fully functional democracy.

Many working adults have children, and all of those children go to school. School is a way for an adult to not have to be primary caretaker for at least several hours, but when school is cancelled one day of every year, they must adapt.

Some can adapt, like by hiring a baby-sitter, taking time off of work, or something of the sort, but others aren't so privileged. No matter how they go about solving the problem thrown at them, poorer adults and parents are now even more constrained from voting.

All of this isn't coincidence, it is by design. But this year we can rip up the blueprints, the foundation of this corruption. We can recognize our privilege and that of the people around us, and we can use it to lift others up and #getoutandvote.

But it doesn't end there. We can't just vote and say that we are done, whether or not the change we strive for (whatever it is) is achieved. Corruption isn't the face of Republicans or Democrats or Moderates alike, it is the face of power, no matter what that happens to be. So keep working, keep fighting, and as always, keep resisting.

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