By Ashley Parmer
Editor in Chief
As Millennials, the future is in our hands. We hear this a lot when it comes to saving our planet and getting an education. But the future truly relies on our vote. In this democratic nation, we control who leads us. We have a voice in the form of a ballot, but it can’t be heard if we keep silent.
Just recently, we ran around campus hanging flyers, wearing buttons, and asking for votes in support of our friends, organizational brothers/ sisters, and our classmates. Some of us have put our studies on hold to devote our time to being on a winning team. And for some of you, that hard work paid off. You and your campaign team were able to celebrate a job well done. I congratulate you.
But now it is time to put that energy into something bigger than the campus of Tennessee State University. It’s time that we get involved with the campaigns that will determine the future of education and the advantages, if any, we will have while attending college; the future of healthcare for all citizens, and the decisions on immigration.
We must be informed on who actually believes not only do TSU Lives Matter, but that Black Lives Matter. While we strive for a Different TSU, let us also strive to have a different America. A better America than what it is turning into.
According to Politico.com, “In the 1990s, youth turnout was regularly less than 40 percent.” Since then, the numbers have risen significantly. In the last election in 2012, “about half of all eligible people ages 18-29 voted.” That roughly equated to 22 to 23 million people. And this election the turnout of young people must be higher.
It is vital that we get out and vote in this year’s election. The primaries are still going on, so see if you can still vote in your home state’s primary election. And those who have missed the primary election or have already voted should reach out for more information to be prepared for the November election.
Just as we have voted to pick the candidates we feel best represent Tennessee State University, let us also vote to pick the best candidate to represent America. Be the voice that makes a change.