Christian Rapper Sho Baraka reveals he is not voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton when he cast his vote for president in November.
NPR’s David Greene talked with Sho Baraka about the column and asked if he was going to vote in Novemember:
On if he’s going to vote in November
I am going to vote. I’m especially going to vote in my state and local elections. I will definitely cast a ballot for someone in the presidential election; it will not be Trump or Clinton.
On if he’s worried that by not voting for a candidate that’s not Republican or Democrat that he’s not really taking part in the election
I understand the argument — and I think it’s a viable argument — but I also believe the “protest vote” as they will say … it should speak volumes. So like if Donald Trump wins, then the Democratic party should recognize, “well, there’s a base of individuals that we could have actually listened to, and rather pandered to.”
And on the left, if Hillary Clinton wins, I think there needs to be a lot of work done on the right to say, “hey, how do we actually” — you know, you hear a lot of Donald Trump in his platitudes of “I’ll help the black community out” — “but what actually will you do?” And I don’t think there’s been any steps to actually have real legitimate conversations or interactions with people. And so for both parties, I think there needs to be a reassessment on how we are to earn the vote of the urban Christian.