Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lupe Fiasco Crossroads: Part II Voter Apathy

This is part two. Please read Lupe Fiasco Crossroads: Part I Terrorism first

Lasers [Explicit]I will start this second post regarding my Lupe Fiasco issue by saying that his album is hot. His activism is admirable for someone so young and his passion is refreshing. Which are all reasons why I have huge, massive problem with his stance on voting. It is detrimental to our collective bargaining power.

"I don't vote. No I don't vote. I don't get involved in politics. It's meaningless. To be honest," he said. "If I'm going to say I stand behind this person and write on a piece of paper that says, 'yeah I stand for this person,' then I have to take responsibility for everything he does cause that's just who I am as a human being. So politicians aren't going to do that because I don't want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere." –Lupe Fiasco

I am disappointed and quite appalled in his voter apathy and excuse that he does not participate because he believes it is meaningless. Actually, it ticks me off to no end because I am sure there are other people who feel this way. Right now laws and fiscal budgets are being passed that trickle down and affect not the affluent with funds to buffer off the negative effects but those that are financially strapped. Right now laws are being decided on that affect how long a person gets for a bag of marijuana. Right now laws are being decided upon that affect basically everything from to codes that our homes are built to how we use credit cards to weather or not our grandparents will continue to have medical/prescription drug coverage.

The problem is our lack of education on how important these decisions are to our daily lives. The problem is our lack of understanding on how together we can block vote to make a difference, statement, and change. What Lupe Fiasco should be doing is working to educate the lower and middle class that even though they may not have financial power, together they have political power as is highlighted by certain state initiatives to change voting laws that may make it even more difficult for certain groups to vote.

If he is so concerned about foreign affairs then do something about it as his rap lyrics say; be an actor and not just talk about it. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that you cannot be set apart of the system in order to affect change. You have to be involved in the system on some level in order to proper instill change, so that you can, not only educate the people but lead by example.
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