Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student…
The 2020 presidential election is possibly the most important event to take place in our nation’s history in quite some time. This election isn’t about Trump vs. Biden, old politicians vs. new age leaders, or even liberal vs. conservative. This election can change the future of this nation at a time where the country is so divisive – it can make or break America’s future. Casting your vote is always important but this year it is more important than it has ever been, especially for the South Asian population, one of the nation’s most rapidly growing populations.
This should be a no-brainer, but here are 5 reasons why it is vital for us all to get out and vote this year!
The South Asian community has the power to make a significant change!
South Asians are one of the most rapidly growing populations in America with over 5.4 million South Asians living here. Voting allows our voices to be heard and the needs of our community to be met. South Asian actors, writers, comedians, artists, and other influencers have been using their power to encourage the community to mobilize and vote! Not too long ago Hollywood stars joined to hold a South Asian Block Party via zoom to reach the community and more recently, Now This released a video written by and starring Nik Dodani along with talents like Janina Gavankar, Aasif Mandvi, Ravi Patel, Vinny Chibber, Padma Lakshmi, Aparna Nacherla, Sakina Jaffery, D’lo, and the Harris sisters.
Voting helps you save money
Confused? Well, as a taxpayer most people don’t know where their money is going. But, voting helps you choose where you want to spend your tax dollars from health care to social services, and it lets your inner frugal, bargaining desi auntie make those choices.
Your vote holds a global impact
President Trump has made some significant changes to America’s standing in the global perspective going so far as removing the nation from impactful allies such as the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. With the world facing some of the worse humanitarian crises since World War II, it is our time to make positive changes to truly make America great again. There are nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, over 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, and a rise in gender-based violence, this is the time for us to end the pain and it all starts with who we vote to represent us.
With the nation being at its most divisive state, probably since the civil war itself, this is the time to make changes and create history.
Make a statement
Don’t just let everybody else on your social media post about having cast their vote. Go ahead and make a statement by voting. And don’t forget to appreciate those who have already done it.
Use your weekend wisely and get cracking!
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.