The importance of being Black and voting in 2020


There is a monumental change taking place in America as well as all over the world. The execution and brutal killing of George Floyd has given everyone a reason to pause and ask why.

With two months of protesting and demonstrations, brings to light for once – Black Life Matters. Many had no understanding of why they were demonstrating, but they instinctively knew they had to do something.

The revolution was televised on TV, and mobile phones. As millions of Americans and international citizens watched, everyone agreed that the action taken by police was morally wrong and egregious. George Floyd was treated like an animal or slave, and it did not matter if he lived or died.

Fighting for truth

As more White people and people of color joined the demonstrations, there is a battle for truth.

Everyone will be forced to make a decision for humanity, and the color of your skin will not matter. The more America hides racism and states that it does not exist any longer, the longer people will fight for truth. Truth cannot be hidden any longer.

President Trump has used racism to get elected once, and he is going to use it again during his re-election campaign to suppress the vote and scare White people to vote for him. He will also try to discourage the Black votes with all the untrue comments of voting by mail.

Need massive turnout

America is divided by race, age, and gender, and in order for Biden to win, he must unite these three groups. Joe Biden is the Democratic nomination for president because Rep. James Clyburn and the Black people in South Carolina turned around the campaign in his favor.

For Biden to become president of the United States, the Black vote all over the country must turn out to the polls in mass numbers.

During the 2016 election, if an additional 400,000 Blacks had voted in key states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Hillary Clinton would have won the election. She won the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, but she lost the Electoral College by 76 votes.

The Black vote is crucial. The pandemic can be used as an excuse, but Blacks must understand there is power in our community and our vote. Black needs to let their voices be heard with their votes.

Unity is the key

Blacks must be registered and young people who protested for two months must also be registered to vote. Kanye West has the potential to split the young vote, and it is important that Biden has support from the hip-hop culture.

Hip-hop is more than Black and it decides the opinions of young voters. Biden must find a way to get this demographic on board because he needs the influence and power of these numbers.

Blackness is everywhere you look, and Blacks and voting in 2020 will define a large demographic of the election. Race, gender, and age will determine who will win the presidential election. Where are the surrogates, and strategically who is helping to get the word out?

Unity is the key for Joe Biden winning the election. We cannot win without each other, and this election is a movement to make Trump a one-term president. Get up, and out and vote!

Roger Caldwell, a community activist, author, journalist, radio host and CEO of On Point Media Group, lives in Orlando. Contact him at



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