Thursday, November 1, 2012

The 2012 Black Mormon Voting Dilemma

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It's been said that 95% of African Americans who voted in 2008 voted for Barrack Obama and the same percentage is projected for the 2012 elections.

And I am POSITIVE that Mitt Romney will overwhelmingly win Utah in 2012 because he is Mormon (Latter-day Saint), and Utah is predominantly Mormon. He would win it anyway, just based on his Republican status. But still. Being Mormon is in his favor.

Is it wrong to vote for someone based on their race or religion? Maybe. But it doesn't matter, honestly. People have the right to vote for whoever they want based on any or no criteria at all. It's completely personal.

I joke that I voted for Obama in 2008 because I liked his haircut. Which isn't true. I actually thought his haircut needed some work. ;) Ha ha. (To be honest, I have never told a single soul why I voted for Obama - when I have never voted Democrat previously - and it's none of anyone's danged business. Although, I'll play devil's advocate with you all day when it comes to politics.)

Anyways, this may come off as super lighthearted (I know some people are SO passionate about politics that my "Obama haircut" comments offend some), but my question is.... who is a black Mormon supposed to vote for? :)

Seems like maybe they're caught in the middle.

What? Black Mormons exist? Ha ha. Yes. Yes, they do.

The Daily Show interviewed some black Mormons about this upcoming election and it CRACKED ME UP. It really just showed that you can't generalize a whole group of people and say who they would vote for. But it was so funny, lol. Watch it HERE.





4 comments:

  1. I know you meant this post to be funny, but it bothered me enough to say something and not because I care so much about politics, but I do care about being a responsible, informed citizen of a free nation.

    I think it is sad that this should even be a question in our society, even as a joke. It shouldn't be about race or religion or even politics. Who we choose to vote for should be a reflection of what we think is good government and to choose people of good character to govern because who we choose is a representation of us as a people and as a nation.

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s words came to mind when I read your post.

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

    I think it does matter how we choose who we vote for. It is personal, but just because we have a right to choose how we vote doesn't negate the responsibility to be an informed voter.

    How we choose to vote shows how we value our freedom to live our lives as we believe. If we choose leaders who will take that freedom away because of their arrogance or their perceived moral superiority or their perceived greater intelligence, then it will limit our ability to choose for ourselves.

    We have to care enough to pay attention to what is happening around us, so that we can continue to live as we choose and not have others make that decision for us. That is the basis of a free society.

    I think it is unfair to say that most Mormons would vote for someone just because they are a Mormon. There are probably some, but I think most members of the Church would vote based on other things than Romney's religion, though his faithful service in the Church and what he did for the 2002 Olympics isn't easily forgotten and more counts towards his character than just because he's a Mormon.

    Harry Reid is a Mormon and if I had the chance to vote for him, I would not because of his many actions that point to his character. I have seen him defame and lie about Romney and others for political gain. That is enough for me to choose against him because of his character even if he is a Mormon.

    It is wrong to vote for anyone only because of race or religion or political party or gender. It goes against the responsibility of being an informed citizen in a free society. :)

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    1. Very well said, Amy! I knew if I wrote about politics, I'd get a comment. ;)

      It MOST CERTAINLY DOES matter what criteria we use when deciding who will be our leaders and make our laws and guide us into the future. The number of politically apathetic people in our country is sad. And the number of people I've heard who are voting for a particular candidate when they haven't researched a dang thing... is sad. People who vote straight political party without thinking. Sad. People not realizing there are more than two political parties to choose from... Sad. If I vote for Romney because he has a nice side-part or Obama because he's a good speaker, that's wrong. But I COULD. And my vote would count.

      What I meant by "it doesn't matter"... is that no one is turned away from the polls even if they are voting for someone based on silly, arbitrary, or uninformed criteria. A racist/prejudice vote counts just as much as one that was researched and prayed about.

      Black people identify with black people. When Obama speaks to a predominantly black audience, his accent changes. His vocabulary changes. He gets comfortable with them. He relates to them in a way where they know he has their back and will represent them well. So, many black people will vote for Obama because he's black and they can relate to him (maybe not that reason alone, but it's a huge factor). Black people like to stick together.

      Same thing with Romney. I've heard many Mormons say they will vote for Romney because he is Mormon and will lead the country in the "right" direction simply because he has the priesthood and/or the Holy Ghost with him. They relate to him on something so huge (their religion) that encompasses their whole value system, so they are going to vote for him for that reason (maybe not that reason alone, but it's a huge factor). Mormons like to stick together.

      Anyways, I don't take it upon myself to inform voters. I don't campaign for a certain candidate. I could, but I haven't made something like that a priority in my life. I think it's everybody's personal responsibility to research and make an informed decision. And my criteria won't be the same as everyone else's. I just do my own research and do my own part.

      I asked Zay if he was “more black” or “more Mormon” and he said, “I hate politics.” Ha ha. We've been talking lately about how much of electing a leader is this big show, a game with celebrities. It's become laughable in some ways. I wish something would change about that, but while we're in the midst of it... I'm just going to laugh about it.

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  2. Both of them? We voted Obama in 2008 and Romeny in this election

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    1. That's cool! It was an interesting election. But now that it's over, I hope we can all come together as Americans and work towards a better future rather than being torn apart by politics.

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