Beyoncé Gave a Really Powerful Speech That Explains Exactly Why You Should Vote
Beyoncé's latest call to action has gone viral — and for all the right reasons. She took to Instagram Friday to post a clip of last week's Tidal X: 1015 performance, but it wasn't an excerpt from Lemonade.
Instead, she urged young people — who don't have the greatest history of turning out to cast their ballots — to show up at the polls on November 8. And it seems to be resonating: The video now has 3.2 million views in the 21 hours since it was posted. "I know it seems like things are bad, but if you think that can’t get worse just ask your grandparents," she began. "Remember Barack Obama is our President. You made that happen, young people made that happen." She continued: "We are not helpless.
The fire is still burning. Please go out and vote this November. Too many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice, we have to use it. Get in formation. Use our voices to do something great for our children." So much yes. And she made her point even clearer in her Instagram post's caption, which, while political, didn't get partisan: "The right to use our voice at the polling stations this Election Day is not a privilege that should be taken lightly," she wrote.
"Throughout history, from the women’s suffrage movement to the Civil Rights Movement, this is a right that we had to fight to obtain. It was our power that put the first Black president into the White House, and it was our influence that changed the course of history. Exercising the right to vote is imperative to our democracy. Click the link in my bio for local voter information, and make sure your voice is heard at the polls on November 8th."
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