Talking about privilege is a topic so many avoid, we as white people often feel a punch in the chest when someone accuses us of having privileges that other people don’t have. We say, “we worked our butts off!” and no one is saying you didn’t. In fact, you did, through the blood, sweat, fears and tears of your ancestors who were brutalized, jailed and harassed, fighting for the right to vote, unless you hail from the dubious past of the anti-suffrage movement of yore, akin to today’s female Donald Trump supporters. But, if you have decided not to vote this November 6 and you are white, you are displaying your privilege to the highest degree possible.
When you refuse to vote, you believe that you face no discrimination in your life, and that is privilege. If you don’t vote, you are saying that the lives of those around you don’t matter, because even if you don’t face any sort of prejudice for living some facet of your life, by not voting, you are saying that the struggles of your fellow humans don’t matter enough for you to go vote on their behalf. When you refuse to vote, you are also throwing your privilege in the face of those who don’t have access, and you’re shitting on the women fought so hard for that right. White women (who the 19th amendment mostly benefited) couldn’t vote until 1920. It hasn’t even been 100 years since we fought to vote. Many African American women couldn’t even vote prior to 1960 in many Southern states. Vote for them. Be part of the democracy that is being threatened, vote with love for yourself and vote for the love of your neighbor.
If you’re not voting, my guess is that you’re probably heterosexual, never had an abortion, don’t think black lives matter, (and let’s add non-Christian religions to that as well), you don’t think everyone is entitled to food, proper healthcare, school supplies, and don’t think the earth is dying and worth saving. Not true? Prove me wrong. Consider yourself so lucky that you have the privilege to have a voice in our world.