Since this will be his first time voting, Beal does feel some remorse for passing up this opportunity in the past. Yes, it’s a shock that he didn’t even participate in electing our first ever Black President, Barack Obama! When asked about his previous voting, Beal felt ashamed, “Selfishly, yes… It will be the first time I’ve ever voted,” he said. “I was kind of ignorant to it. Just kind of being naive to like ‘how many people are there in the world? Okay, my vote won’t count.’ That’s kind of ignorant thinking.”
Unfortunately, this is a mindset that too many people have in our country. Thankfully Beal’s thinking has evolved, on top of his concern for social justice matters, he has a newfound appreciation for the right to vote after recent conversations with his parents and grandparents. “I am kind of understanding what they had to go through to have that right to vote and to have that privilege for their voice to be heard. For me, I clearly took that for granted for eight to 10 years,”
On Juneteenth Beal also shared a personal experience of an encounter with a racist police officer, which may have also put that extra push in him.
Beal also has plans to train to be a polling assistant and wants to work at Capital One Arena on Nov. 3. “I definitely want to nip that in the bud and make my vote count this year. Especially, after seeing how we are as a world in the last four years, it’s been horrible.”
So whether this is your first or 1,000th time voting, make sure you get out to the polls! And if Capital One Arena becomes your voting site, make sure to say hi to Brad, he’ll be looking for you!
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