Gee, what does it say about you when you have the endorsement of someone who champions looting as ‘political expression’, and who has been responsible for so many lies and so much destruction? Even in his screed of support, he mentions the ‘killers’ of Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland committed suicide, yet DeRay lied about the case constantly to stoke anger.
I’ve been thinking lately about Shirley Chisholm’s legacy and her words: “Freedom is an endless horizon, and there are many roads that lead to it.” As Chisholm understood, we engage in imperfect systems sometimes, to make them more perfect. And our engagement in democracy comes in many forms — we engage in democracy in protests, in board meetings, in classrooms and, importantly, at the ballot.
I am not naive enough to believe that voting is the only way to bring about transformational change, just as I know that protest alone is not the sole solution to the challenges we face.
I voted my entire life, and I was still tear-gassed in the streets of St. Louis and Baltimore. I voted my entire life, and those votes did not convict the killers of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray or Michael Brown.