Vic Mensa Encourages Youth To Vote And Speaks Out Against Police Brutality [Video]
Vic Mensa has been on the front lines encouraging the youth to vote and fighting against police brutality for the last few years proving that Hip-Hop still has a social conscience voice too. The 22-year-old MC from Chicago’s Southside recently sat down and shot a “Why I Vote “ campaign and the importance of turning out and casting your vote in local elections as well as bigger elections like for President and Congress.
Vic Mensa stated, “It’s hard not to feel you are Trayvon Martin or Laquan McDonald or you are Mike Brown just waiting for the shit to explode. I definitely encourage people to vote just so that you can be apart of the society you live in and you can have some type of voice. Whenever I have an opportunity to make my opinion matter, I take that opportunity.”
He also discusses in detail the murder of McDonald in Chicago and spearheading peaceful marches and protests to shed light on the police lynching of another Black man. Vic Mensa further shared the importance of voting in your local elections and how he championed for Kim Foxx in her victory over former Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez for the Democratic primary. Alvarez was harshly criticized and voted out for her handling of Laquan McDonald’s death. Mensa added, “I do want to have politicians in place we can have a dialogue with that has to do with improving our quality of life…”
The“Why I Vote” campaign gives artists a chance to share personal opinions on the key issues shaping the 2016 Presidential Election. Along the way, they encourage young people, a traditionally under-represented demographic at the polls, to participate in the political process that impacts us all. From Kesha to T.I. to American Authors, each episode focuses on a particular subject, including immigration, LGBTQ rights, mass incarceration, and education opportunities. The campaign is hoping to galvanize first-time voters interested in shaping their own future.
Vic Mensa also tuned into the Presidential debate last night and showed some support for Hillary Clinton and called for voters to shut Donald Trump down. Peep his Tweets and video message below. Also get informed and register to vote at RespectMyVote.