I applied for an absentee ballot.

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I registered to vote. Actually I’ve been registered to vote. I did, however requested an absentee ballot. It was only last week that I found out from  one of my besties since childhood, Jewel Bush, whose family is originally from St. Landry Parish Louisiana, that in September 1868 alone, hundreds of African Americans were murdered in Opelousas, Louisiana,  for attempting to vote. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands of African Americas were savagely publicly murdered, many by lynchings, for not only exercising democracy but also for independently living on their own terms, and asserting self-determination. So yeah, regardless of how problematic the current political system is in the U.S., I’m going to vote.

1868 lynchings in Opelousas, Louisiana

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Postcard of the savage murders of Issac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Nate Green in Duluth, Minnesota on June 15, 1920.

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