Beyoncé may be the perfect one to counter all the fretting that young voters may not bother to show up and vote on Nov. 8. If anyone can stir the Beehive into action, you can bet it is Queen Bey. When she implores her listeners to use their voices and vote in this week’s election, you know they’re going to make some noise.
“Please go out and vote this November. So many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice. We have to use it,” Beyoncé implored during the close of her set at the Tidal X: 1015 mid-October benefit concert in Brooklyn. “Use our voices to do something great for our children.”
Some 4 million viewed the call to action in the first six days after Beyoncé posted a clip of her performance on Instagram.
She started by saying, “I know this year has been extremely hard for all of us. I know sometimes I felt very powerless and frustrated; there’s been so much negativity and nonsense. It could be easy to feel helpless and just want to block the world out.
“But doing nothing right now is not an option, y’all.”
Young voters should ask their grandparents if they think things can’t get worse, Beyoncé reminded her audience. “We are not helpless. The fire is still burning.”
Beyoncé followed up by writing on Instagram.
“The right to use our voice at the polling stations this Election Day is not a privilege that should be taken lightly. Throughout history, from the women’s suffrage movement to the Civil Rights Movement, this is a right that we had to fight to obtain,” she posted.
“It was our power that put the first Black president into the White House, and it was our influence that changed the course of history. Exercising the right to vote is imperative to our democracy.”
She urged readers to click the link in her Instagram bio for local voter information. “Make sure your voice is heard at the polls on November 8th,” she wrote.
To see the clip and read Beyoncé’s Instagram post, go here.