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Yeah, I Voted For Hillary Clinton Today, But #ImWithHer Forever

Damon Young

 

In the 11 months since my daughter, The Feminist Octopus, decided to arrive on Earth, she’s served as my ultimate trump card. Any difficult decision I’ve wrestled with — career-based or socially; economically or spiritually — comes back to her and her future. How will it impact her life today, tomorrow, and (most importantly) 10 years from now? And this has made many hard choices quite easy.

Of course, my decision on who to vote for today was not a difficult one. I had no consternation; no crisis of conscience. A competent and supremely over-qualified woman I’m not in love with or Darth Cheeto, The World’s Rapiest Vat Of Cheese Whiz. But if this were a tough choice for me, I would have just asked myself which candidate I’d prefer to lead the same country my daughter happens to be a citizen of. Who would I rather her look up to and eventually write book reports on? And if she desires to be President one day, which person would make my daughter’s dreams more realistic? Whose shoes would she have an easier time imagining herself filling?

Still, regardless of what happens today, my choice — who I’m supporting, who I’m endorsing, who I’m working for, who I’ll advocate for, who I favor, who I’m willing to kill and die for, who I’m with — is clear.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Brown Rose

    First your daughter is adorable. Second, I have no children, but I too have selfishly considered what country could I tolerate living in. Should it be Clinton, who I am not crazy about or Trump, a racist, misogynistic liar, a gross deformed troglodyte and malignant personality disorder with his awful children in tow. Nope. The decision was not hard at all.

  • miss t-lee
    • Conrad Bess

      So when is miss-t-lee gonna get around to bringing a mini miss-t-lee to this Earth?

      • miss t-lee

        Your guess is as good as mine, homie…lol
        Only got about 4 more years before I definitely say, nah, and adopt a 10 year old.

        • Sweet Potato Kai ?

          LOL a 10 year old though??

          • miss t-lee

            Yup. I’m not about that changing diaper, potty training, toddler life.

            • Sweet Potato Kai ?

              Yea, but those are the cute years where they are at maximum adorableness!

              • miss t-lee

                I’m good.

                • Sweet Potato Kai ?

                  LOL. And I ain’t even mad at you !

            • Tambra

              Strange I like changing diapers, love folding cloth diapers more. I’m different. Sue me.

              • miss t-lee

                Have fun with that.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              In retrospect, I’ll take potty training over tweens / teens that think they know more than you do.

              • miss t-lee

                I handle tweens just fine.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  I did too when they weren’t mine! lol

                  • miss t-lee

                    I have a mean headlock. We’ll be good.

              • LMNOP

                Especially fun is potty training kids who think they know more than you.

              • RaeRae

                My son is 15. I repeatedly tell myself I am way too cute for prison. It helps me to keep my hands off his throat. Hubby is so much better at talking to him. SMH…

                • Mochasister

                  I like to remind myself that I am precious and that I gots to take care of myself…

          • -h.h.h.-

            who wants to deal with potty training? lol

            • miss t-lee

              You get me.

              • -h.h.h.-
              • Lea Thrace

                What is the unholy alliance between you and @triple_h_butnotthewrestler:disqus ?!

                LOL

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  Revelations is upon us!

                  lol

                • miss t-lee

                  Bwahahah

            • Brass Tacks
              • Tambra

                Brass, those are yours?

                • Brass Tacks

                  Yes ma’am.

                  • Tambra

                    They are beautiful. Man you all hitting very heavy today.

                    • Brass Tacks

                      They are by far the best thing I’ve ever had a hand in creating.

                    • Tambra

                      I can imagine. I stan hard for my little cousins, I can’t begin to understand how much you stan for your own creations.

            • Epsilonicus

              Potty training sucks.

        • Conrad Bess
          • Lea Thrace

            that aint even playing fair

          • Sigma_Since 93

            I wanna play but the way these laws are set up……….

            • Brass Tacks

              I’m tempted to start throwing em out like it’s a game of cards but…

              • Sigma_Since 93

                When my situation get right, I’mma stunt on these folks.

                • Lea Thrace

                  you upgraded that phone situation yet? lol

                  • Sigma_Since 93

                    Mrs. SS93 did that for me for Father’s Day. She claims my phone had an accident.

                    • Lea Thrace

                      thats real love right there. lol

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Naw. That’s that women rule the world ish. The two things I didn’t want end up with on Father’s Day….a fitbit and a new phone.

                    • Lea Thrace

                      Yaaaas. Mrs SS93 out here repping for The Matriarchy! Get yo a$$ in formation Sig!

                    • -h.h.h.-

                      you got upgraded from the Charles Schumer phone? congrats man!

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Why you hating on my frugal ways????

              • miss t-lee

                You might as well.

                • Brass Tacks

                  Nah. These photos do got me wanting to scroll my pics tho.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Did you post yours? Did I miss them?

                    • Brass Tacks

                      Yea. I took it down.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Dang.

            • Tambra

              Sig, you have to sit out I am thinking.

            • Conrad Bess
          • miss t-lee

            Cuteness! :)

          • cakes_and_pies

            You make want to have a random baby with a good friend who would be OK with this. Jaysus, I cannot deal right now.

          • Mochasister

            What a cutie patooty!

        • cakes_and_pies

          This is me. My Auntie always side-eyed my adoptive cousin as “Not blood”, but my Mother loved just as the same. My Auntie who has no kids better ease up and release I’ll be taking care of her and My Mother and that adoptee will take care of me #TeamSnatchAKid.

          • miss t-lee

            Plenty kids need love out here. I have an adopted cousin, and my grandmother never made any difference between the grandkids. Love is love is love.

            • Mochasister

              I agree with you. I don’t know about a ten year old though. I work with fifth graders and chile, some of them are off the chain.

              • miss t-lee

                I’ve always wanted to adopt an older child.

                • Mochasister

                  Bless your heart (I mean that for real. Not the way Southerners mean it!). Older children need homes too.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Indeed they do. I think they get a raw deal. Folks wants babies, and they are forgotten about.

            • cakes_and_pies

              Black people have a substantial amount of parents who raise other people’s children outside of state jurisdiction. I don’t get why some of us act up when we seek a lonely Black children to be raised on our own.

              • miss t-lee

                Say it.

    • Val

      You check Sling this morning? Free previews of a bunch of different news channels.

      • miss t-lee

        I have not. I’ll have to check it out.

        • Val

          BBC, MSNBC, EuroNews, France24, RT, News18. Just for today.

          • miss t-lee

            NICE!

    • PinkRose

      Me too, but mine are sunny side up unlike yours!

  • Tambra

    Trump got booed as he went to vote. Not nice people.

    • Courtney Wheeler

      I have a feeling Trump will be booed a lot more after this is all said and done.

      • Tambra

        Hope he declare bankruptcy and never ever recover.

        • brothaskeeper

          I hope Melanoma leaves him for the biggest, Blackest D-lineman she can find.

          • Tambra

            That too, or a Mexican.

            • Mochasister

              A Blaxican!

    • nillalatte

      Don’t boo. Vote! :D

  • Courtney Wheeler

    Who said you have to love your boss..as long as they remember your birthday and cool with you leaving for work early from time to time..it’s all good.

    I’m totally with her.

  • I’ve been committed to acts of self-care in the last few days because it helps combat the supremely stressful nature of this never-ending election saga. Yesterday, I stayed home from work. I saw probably 3 dozen campaign-related ads in a rotating loop during commercial breaks before I realized I needed to switch to content with no ads. It’s so draining just hearing Trump’s voice, let alone seeing his puckered up face everywhere. And as I’m still pretty “meh” about all alternative options, none of the ads made me feel any better.

    Anyway, this is just a reminder to surround yourself today (this week, this month, as often as possible, really) with sights, sounds, and sensations that make you smile. Call a homie. Pet a puppy–then give it to me. Don’t rent out extra space in your brain to this ridiculousness if you don’t want to. Do vote, tho.

    • Phil GoBeGreat

      I feel your pain.

    • miss t-lee

      Amen.

    • Val
      • Val! I miss you guys, it’s so lame every place that isn’t here :( https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28fc3ecb1f9913c4877f8feff3dd08c5a3b0eddf8c3a2800133ede672ba2fb80.gif

        • Val

          I read you last blog. Just breathe deep and think positive thoughts. :-)

        • LMNOP

          So come back! We miss you!

          • I’m trying! School is kicking my butt. When I’d normally be hanging out here, I’m working on a paper. I’m about to get back to work on one now :-/

            • LMNOP

              Good luck! I’m thinking of going back to school and I’m not looking forward to all of that.

              • It’ll all be worth it when I can one day afford multiple vacations to de-stress :) If you do go back, plan ahead so it doesn’t take one second longer!

            • Nik White

              Hang in there!

    • cyanic

      Not to damper your already vulnerable spirit but the rumored tea on the Blond physical release made me wanna seek you out for a digital hug and cry.

    • Lea Thrace

      *waves* Hey @slumberpartyswag:disqus !

      hugs and take care of yourself mama!

      • Hey, Lea! Thanks lady. Hope you’re well.

    • Tambra

      Huggsies to you.

    • Elizabeth Miller

      I don’t believe Hillary was the greater of two evils, in terms of racism at least. And I understand voting for her to prevent a Trump presidency. But I never understood where all this undying loyalty and devotion to Hillary Clinton, the privileged of the privileged, from African Americans came from. #ImWithHerForever? Why? Does she not have to earn that? How can you ignore how she’s harmed black and brown people all over the world as Secretary of State? Ex) Her roles in 1) helping lower the Haitian min wage 2) the Honduras coup 3) Libya 4 Iraq War 5) Taking thousands from private prisons lobbies which profit from black bodies, etc.

  • Cleojonz

    Baby girl is absolutely adorable. I feel like if you have daughters this decision should be a no brainer. Oh and I’m with her AND her forever: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d90d33df4e61e3f784798931917cd61098aae05cbeeb985303f1e0728fdf90c0.jpg

    • NonyaB?

      Beautiful!

      • Tambra

        It’s a conspiracy breaking out all these beautiful babies.

        • Scout Wellsrain

          No more gibs!

      • Cleojonz

        Thank you. They still melt my heart.

    • thamonsta

      That’s awesome. Beautiful babies!

    • ????????#blackgirlmagic Yaaaaaaaas!

      • Lisa Belcher

        Black Girls Rock And I’m with her forever #smartwomen!

    • TeeChantel

      Pretty girls!

    • LMNOP

      They’re beautiful! How old are they?

      • Cleojonz

        11 and almost 9.

        • LMNOP

          That’s a great age, past the preschool/ toddler drama, but before the adolescence drama hits (hopefully)

          • cherylbsmith

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !hq83c:
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !hq83c:
            ??
            ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash363TopMapsGetPay$97Hour ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????::::::!hq83c:….,….

          • Connierhofstetter

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !ho74c:
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !ho74c:
            ??
            ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash364MarketPilotGetPay$97Hour ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????::::::!ho74c:….,……..

    • CozyVon

      Hey girls!

    • Mochasister

      Cute kids!

    • L8Comer

      Awww look at the girlies!! So sweet!

    • Shitzkin Jones

      Here’s those same niqlets in a few years…

      http://s20.postimg.org/oiyo9d599/tumblr_lv1yy6_MLrl1qzmqdno1_500.gif

  • NonyaB?

    The Champette is gorgeous and so styling. I’ma set up a talk show so that she can visit to give stunting and styling tips and talk about what it’s like being DayMoan’s boss.

  • Animate

    Man you can’t go around dropping cuteness bombs like that!

  • nillalatte

    “How will it impact [their] life today, tomorrow, and (most importantly) 10 years from now? And this has made many hard choices quite easy.”

    Word. Many times the choices I had to make were more in my kids best interest than mine. But, that was my sacrifice for their better tomorrow.

    • After all, its then we’re leaving this mess to. I say it to my daughtet all the time, ” stay on your toes, its up to you now.”
      (She’ll always be my little girl tho, lol)

      • Tambra

        Hey Pops, boo. You got drew anyone with your new lady catcher hair cut and all?

  • Kas

    R Kelly mannequin challenge
    https://youtu.be/EkAqleI2eaY

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