"I was about to vote for Biden."

My name doesn’t matter. My story does. I am a 41-year-old African American woman who lives here in North Carolina. I was going to vote for Biden. I voted for him in the primary. I am planning to vote for President Trump.

My values are conservative but I couldn’t vote republican.  I believed Republicans hate black people.

The social unrest of this summer changed my mind.

As I watched black-owned businesses burn, black communities destroyed, and innocent black people killed. I was disturbed. The media and the Democratic politicians only seemed to care about a certain set of black people. They were not speaking for me. 

The media justification for all of the violence and mayhem and their excuses bothered me.

There have been a lot of things that have happened over this summer to make me wonder if a Biden/Harris administration would actually bring our country together. I began to doubt.

So I was primed for a different perspective. A few weeks ago I watched “Uncle Tom” by Larry Elder. That blew my mind. The values and ethics that have brought me and my family success in life are aligned with republican values. Whether I knew it or not. 

After I watched that video, I needed to understand more so I listened to Please Stop Helping Us, by Jason Riley, Shame by Shelby Steele, Stupid Black Men by Larry Elder, Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell, Blackout by Candace Ownes.

I started to listen to voices that would normally have triggered me. They didn’t sound racist or hateful anymore. I wasn’t triggered. But more than this I felt an internal peace. The world isn’t half as bad as the media has made me think. The country isn’t full of racist bigots.

There are reasonable black Americans out there. Many of us have never been exposed to the things that I have learned over the past few weeks. That information could change their minds like it has changed mine. Our vote could change the outcome of this election. Please don’t write us off. The future of this country is at stake.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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