Susan, RN, CPhT, Cambodian-American.
I am voting to exercise my right to vote. Women in the past have worked hard to fight for this right; a right that should not be taken for granted. I vote because it is my duty as a citizen. I vote to have my voice heard. I vote to put my words into action.
As an Asian l-American, I do not believe that we are very well represented in America. I hate the term “model minority”. It is a term used to pit us against other minorities, to hold us to a different standard, but still not equal to White people. It is a term used to further suppress other minorities. My opinion is that the only representation Asian-Americans have in America are those that fall into this “model minority” category and represent what that means. Asian-Americans encompass people of so many different ethnicities of various socioeconomic statuses, from the extremely wealthy to the extremely impoverished.
I would love to see more compassion, more understanding, and more love. It saddens me to see the division. Racism runs so deep within our every day lives, so deep within our systems, that people do not even realize it because it has been the norm for so long. I would love to see people take a step back, open their minds to be more empathetic and to understand other people’s perspectives. I would like to see reform on antiquated laws, fair laws, for People of Color (POC) to be treated equally and fairly, and for equality, equity, and racial justice for everyone.
Racism IS REAL. If you do not believe that, then you are part of the problem. Do not be complacent. VOTE. Do not believe the rhetoric that it does not matter, because it does. Otherwise, why do you think the right to vote is such a hard-won right? And WEAR your MASKS!!! It is not about making a political statement. It is about public health safety for everyone. Trust me, healthcare professionals that have been wearing masks forever for hours on end and we are all fine.