An odd and spontaneous call from Vibe magazine had me covering an event at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH headquarters on the South Side Saturday.
It was a pleasure to hear the Reverend preach (he’s funnier and more charismatic in church than when debating Pat Buchannan on MSNBC), and an equal pleasure to hear his followers respond.
In response to Jackson’s imploring of young people to vote, a woman seated behind me shouted an amen:
"Get off your booty and do your duty!"
A good thought, given the photos and news from Zimbabwe.
A good thought indeed. It always makes me so mad when I hear people (often people who don’t bother to vote) bitching about this or that policy.
My perspective has always been “If you don’t vote, you have chosen to give up your rights and therefore you don’t get an opinion, so shut up!”
Especially when it’ so EASY here to vote. Ask someone who came here from a place where they literally took their lives in their hands in order to cast a ballot about their experience. I don’t know how anyone can hear stories like that and not be shamed that they are too lazy or too apathetic to get their booty to a voting booth.
Whoever you vote for, just vote!
Ahem, how cool are you that you’re getting and “odd and spontaneous call from Vibe magazine?” Um, a little jealous, yes, but happy for you nonetheless.
David Murray says
Well, Eileen, my coolness was the real point of the post as I’m sure we all know. Of course, I haven’t heard back from the editor on my report, for which I am not at all sure I’ll be paid. So I thought I’d at least cash on on the cool factor here. Thanks for picking up on it.
Hey, if I got a call from Vibe, I’d be doing more than blogging about it. Have you sent a blast email to friends and family? Dropped it into casual conversation as in, “Well, as my editor at Vibe always says…”
You’re my hero for the day.
Gee, I guess it’s because I’m Canadian..or maybe I’m just old – Is Vibe the coolest??