It’s Election Day, and though many people are probably sick of hearing why it is important for them to vote, I thought I would share why I personally choose to.
I am a naturalized American citizen, born in Seoul, South Korea, and assigned adoption to my parents the moment I was born. I was born in November, and arrived in America on March 4. The paperwork for getting your child citizenship sounds easy, but it’s actually quite complicated. https://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/us-immigration/how-foreign-born-adopted-children-get-citizenship.html. My mother is a blue eyed blonde with two Polish parents, and my father is a redhead with German, Irish, and English heritage. Both of my parents were educators, starting off as teachers and then my father went into Administration and my mother specialized as a learning consultant.
I grew up in an affluent and extremely non-diverse area of NJ, where 95% of my classmates were white. In my HS, I was the only Asian American student in my year, of over 300 classmates. The majority religion is Catholicism, of which I am as well. There were 3 Jewish students in my year. We had less than 5 hispanic classmates, and no black classmates until a pair of sisters transferred in.
In 2014, I married my white, Jewish husband. In 2015, we purchased a home together in the DC suburbs of Virginia. Prior to 1967, our marriage was illegal and our cohabitation, jailable.
This all might seem like unnecessary info. The reason, I call attention to my background and ethnic background, is because it effects me every day. Race and Nationalism and oppression have become political agenda. And people excuse it because, “politics… agree to disagree.” Racism and racial baiting is a huge part of this current midterm cycle. I found a great piece in GQ magazine of all places (Like Teen Vogue, since 2016, GQ has become a bastian of interesting political commentary (and if you haven’t seen their suggested presidential makeover video, it’s pretty fantastic). People are willing to ignore anti-semitism, and racism, and white supremacist agendas in the name of politics and party. This cannot stand. This must not stand.
Our country is filled with people differing in ethnicity, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Different body types, and interests, and passions. There are too many people in this country who feel that there is only ONE way to be an American, only ONE ethnicity, only ONE religion. That only people who look a certain way and believe a certain way should have rights. We cannot allow people with these views to lead us. It’s unAmerican.
It is my civic duty to make my voice heard. Political leaders are able to cast an effect on us all, even if we do not realize it. I was proud this morning to cast my vote not only for Tim Kaine, but against Corey Stewart, a man who has embraced white supremacists, spoken at their gatherings, and as a Minnesota man draped himself in the Confederate flag, and has compared those who wish to remove monuments to ISIS members.
There is too much at stake to sit at home and not make your voice heard.
It’s so important to get to your polling place and vote!
Google has a GO VOTE today. It links to a form where you can enter your address and it will tell you where your voting is!
If you are turned away, you should request a provisional ballot!
Opposing racism, using our rights to make our opinions heard… what’s more American than that?
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Skirt: Murray’s Toggery