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Black Voices: IU students weigh in on their feelings about the election

<p>Pictured left to right: Tracey Lewis, Hannah Hall, Darrel Glass II, Brady Valencia and Nia Blanchard.</p>

Pictured left to right: Tracey Lewis, Hannah Hall, Darrel Glass II, Brady Valencia and Nia Blanchard.

Name: Brady Valencia 

Age: 21

Year: Senior

Registered voting county: Monroe County (Bloomington)

What one word you’d use to describe your feelings regarding the 2020 presidential election? 

“Unsatisfied”

How are you hoping that  this election will pan out in terms of leadership? What qualities do you think the next president and his administration should possess? 

“One thing that I am hoping for out of this election is getting a leader. When I say I want a leader it means I want a president to act like a president. I believe that our current president has dragged what it means to be president through the mud. He is rude, crude, disrespectful and overall not professional at all. 

I want our president to be someone we can listen to without cringing because he doesn’t have proper manners when talking to leader of foreign countries or tweeting outlandish things such as calling people thugs, rapists and criminals based on a stereotype. I want to not be embarrassed of who is running OUR country because it is we the people who pick our leader. The next president I hope can try to restore what it means to be president and what it means to actually care for your people. 

I believe our current president has disgraced what it means to be a president by being racist, xenophobic, immoral and plenty of other things. I think with the next administration they need to listen to the people of the country. We have so many problems in our country that have gone overlooked and not fixed because they have been deemed not worthy. What I hope comes out of this next administration is care for all of the U.S. population, all minorities.”

What types of changes are you wanting them to help apply to the nation's structure? 

“In regards to our nation's structure I believe that our nation has far cried out many times what we need and we need someone to listen. We need reform in education, police and many more policies. Our nation needs someone to show the U.S. population that they matter ... but will this happen this election? Who knows.”

How did you/do you plan on voting? Early in-person voting/ Mail-in ballot/ In-Person  voting on Election Day?

Plans to vote early in-person. 

Name: Darrel Glass II   

Age: 21  

Year: Senior 

Registered voting county: Lake County (Merrillville, Indiana)

What is one word you’d use to describe your feelings regarding the 2020 presidential election?

“Indifferent”

How are you hoping that this race will pan out in terms of leadership? What qualities do you think the next president and his administration should possess?

“In terms of leadership I am looking for someone who will look at the well-being and concerns of the citizens of America, the needs of those of all household incomes, races etc. I want the structure of the nation to reflect good values that will long term increase the well-being of our nation.”

What types of changes are you wanting them to help apply to nations' structure?

“Handling the nation’s current pandemic.”

How did you/do you plan on voting? Early in-person voting/ Mail-in ballot/ In-Person  voting on Election Day?

Plans to do early in-person voting.

Name: Hannah Hall

Age: 21

Year: Junior

Registered voting county: Jasper County (Renssealaer, Indiana)

What is one word you’d use to describe your feelings regarding the 2020 presidential election?

“The first word that pops into my head is scared, but maybe nervous or anxious is a better word. I feel like, either way, nobody is going to stick their neck out for minorities, women, etc. especially because they are both white men.”

How are you hoping that this election will pan out in terms of leadership? What qualities do you think the next president and his administration should possess ?

“In terms of leadership, I do hope that it’s Biden. Trump has been explicitly racist, sexist, you name it. And he has empowered, enabled, encouraged and endorsed white supremacy in this country and it’s been more apparent than ever. I do find some comfort in the fact that Biden’s vice president is a woman and person of color. I hope that plays some role in the fight for rights and equality. But overall, it’s concerning to me that these men are the best two candidates we could come up with ... I feel like that should tell everyone that the whole system is flawed.”

What types of changes are you wanting them to help apply to nations structure

“One of the things I hope to see changes in is the health care system. That’s such a big thing for me. Insurance completely dominates the health care world, and that makes health care not as accessible or affordable for so many people. I fear that this may get even worse especially with some of our government’s most recent changes. I’d love to see more affordable and accessible health care ... especially as we are in the midst of a global pandemic.”

How did you/do you plan on voting? Early in-person voting/ Mail-in ballot/ In-Person  voting on Election Day?

Voted early in-person

Name: Nia Blanchard

Age: 21

Year: Senior 

Registered voting county: Marion County (Indianapolis)

What one word you’d use to describe your feelings regarding the 2020 presidential election? 

“Dissatisfied”

How are you hoping that  this election will pan out in terms of leadership? What qualities do you think the next president and his administration should possess? 

“In terms of leadership, I believe that the next president and his administration should be individuals that, firstly, truly value the lives of people living in this country. Not to expose who I voted for, but I also want a president that is trustworthy, believes in science and one that can actually denounce white supremacy.”

What types of changes are you wanting them to help apply to nations' structure? 

“Some changes I want made are for there to be more affordable health care in place, to address environmental injustice and to implement actual police reform.”

How did you/do you plan on voting? Early in-person voting/ Mail-in ballot/ In-Person  voting on Election Day?

Voted by mail-in ballot

Name: Tracey Lewis 

Age: 19

Year: Sophomore 

Registered voting county: Hamilton County (Noblesville, Indiana)

What one word you’d use to describe your feelings regarding the 2020 presidential election? 

“Anxious. Definitely anxious is the word. There are a ton of unknowns for the future in general, not only for the U.S. but for the world. Tensions between many different groups have risen in the U.S. over the past few months which created a distinct divide in the population. It’s hard to tell just what exactly is going to happen.”

How are you hoping that  this election will pan out in terms of leadership? What qualities do you think the next president and his administration should possess? 

“Over the past few months because of the pandemic, it is evident that the U.S. is not very stable right now. The type of leadership I would personally like to see is addressing the issues that come up rather than suppressing them. Actively trying to help the American people; not just one group of people and ignoring the issues from another. A leader that listens to the needs of the American people and actively works to make those changes to make the U.S. and the world better for everyone.”

What types of changes are you wanting them to help apply to the nation's structure? 

“One thing I would like to see right now are changes being made to address the pandemic in a better manner and opening the country back up in the right and safe way. The leadership during the pandemic has ultimately led to an even more major decline of trust for the government than what it originally was. So the next president should be able to begin the process of fixing the U.S. and addressing the pandemic better.” 

How did you/do you plan on voting? Early in-person voting/ Mail-in ballot/ In-Person  voting on Election Day?

Voted early in-person 

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