Is Voting A Privilege?

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Voting is a privilege (introduction): Hook: If I were furniture, would I be given the right to vote? The answer is, “no.” A piece of property isn’t given that privilege because it’s not a part of the human race and therefore can't make decisions. Property is bought, sold, used, and discarded. Privilege: It’s a good thing we’re not property, or else we wouldn’t have a voice. Voting is a privilege in a world that isn’t universally setup that way. Some nations do not even allow their people to vote. The US gives its citizens that opportunity. However, it was not always that way. People, such as me, were considered property in the US from 1619 till 1869 - a very long time, so I would argue voting today as an African American is more of a privilege. Transition 1-2: One factor in the past that would have prevented me from using my…show more content…
Most people believe that it was over slavery when in fact it started over state’s rights and taxes. There is documentation that proves this for instance when Abraham said, “I have no purpose, directly, or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.” He even used African Americans as spies or contrabands - confiscated enemy property to help him in the war. You see, "property" was still attached to them. Eventually, slavery’ became a more central part of the war. That’s when Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1869, but the Confederacy was unaffected, making it more difficult for slaves in the Confederacy to be free. At this point, many history books begin to falter. They forget to mention that the slaves had a prominent role in their freedom, not just by Lincoln. They had to make an extremely complicated decision: to either leave for the Union states, risk getting caught, and severely punished or stay and still be property. Those who chose freedom chose to pass that on to their descendants. They paved the way for people like me to be brought up
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