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20292, RE: What are you talking about?
Posted by Zesi, Mon Nov-13-00 07:31 AM
>1. I challenged the notion that
>Blacks are morally obligated to
>vote because of a large
>number of Black people who
>died for that right. My
>argument- Black people died for
>a variety of rights many
>of which we dont use
>and none of which are
>presented as the priority. Our
>moral obligation to vote is
>greatly diminished by the same
>legacy that urges resistance. That
>moral obligation is also diminished
>by the fact that other
>rights like the right to
>bear arms and enlist are
>NOT encouraged by our community
>despite the fact that Black
>people died for those rights
>just the same.

I challenge that, because if we fought for all those rights, then we should be morally obligated to use all of them. Resisting voting has not helped black people at all...especially since large scale mobilization continues to fail. I'd rather not wait and hope if I can do one little thing that will keep me from being worse off than I already am.

>3. I challenged the idea that
>there was no good reason
>to not vote as there
>are plenty of good reasons-
>some may be singular excuses
>and beyond that there are
>many ideologies that stress non
>participation. I challenged the notion
>that non-voters were categorically idiots
>and not contributing to the

I don't think there are any good reasons to not vote. They may seem valid to you, but not to me. That's just a matter of opinion.


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