By Wayne County Government Warren C. Evans
For the previous two years, the idea of free and honest elections has come below severe assault. The January 6 rebel supplied Individuals with a first-hand look into the efforts to dismantle the Structure and make it more durable for some Individuals to vote and have their ballots counted. The identical will be stated of protesters who tried to disrupt the counting of ballots in downtown Detroit in the course of the November 2020 election as a result of they didn’t get the consequence they wished. Protestors in our personal yard added to the ever-growing must proceed the push to make sure all Michiganders keep their proper to vote and have their ballots counted.
It has change into clear that these making an attempt to derail democracy are doing so as a result of they’re afraid of a multicultural, multi-racial America the place everybody’s voice is heard. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. We’re within the midst of a battle for the soul of our nation, and we have to be keen to battle to lift that voice or danger dropping it.
This subject could be very private to me. I used to be raised in a household that was very lively within the battle to safe civil and voting rights for African Individuals. In my household’s residence, it was not unusual to have conferences attended by well-known civil rights leaders on each a neighborhood and nationwide stage to debate and strategize round problems with that point.
My Uncle, the Rev. Albert Cleage – who later modified his identify to Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman – labored with Aretha Franklin’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, to arrange the Stroll to Freedom March in June of 1963 the place the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first gave his well-known “I Have A Dream” speech earlier than later delivering it once more to a a lot wider viewers in August of that very same 12 months on the March on Washington in Washington DC.
The value that has been paid for our rights, which are actually below assault, isn’t one thing that I examine in a e book or watched on a documentary. That is one thing I’ve personally skilled alongside relations who’ve been on the entrance traces of the battle. My prolonged profession as a legislation enforcement officer and Wayne County Government wouldn’t have been potential if my relations had not paid that value.
So on Tuesday, take into account that as a lot of a battle as it will likely be to protect the sanctity of the vote, it doesn’t examine to the battle that was waged to earn that proper. If we don’t succeed within the preservation of equal and honest voting rights, the America we will probably be left with is an America none of us needs to ponder; an America the place voices are silenced and never heard. That’s why I’m urging you to get to the polls on Tuesday if you happen to haven’t already submitted your absentee poll.
We should all get out and vote as a result of the way forward for our nation is dependent upon it.