Alexis Foxworth is a senior from Virginia Beach, VA majoring in Social Justice and Advocacy. Alexis enjoys exploring topics that involve the intersections of government, race, sociology and history. On campus, she is a member of her public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is President of the campus NAACP. When Alexis is not in class, she takes pleasure in reading, writing, and performing spoken word poetry. After college, she plans to attend William and Mary Law School in her quest to better serve others. Alexis’ biggest accomplishment is being a role model and a big sister to her younger brothers.
What's In a Vote?
At 8:00 AM, everyone looks the same. Everyone drives in the same dizzying traffic to make it to work. Weaving in and out of lanes to avoid traffic buildups, getting out of the car and walking into the workplace with two minutes to spare, earning a paycheck to ensure the daily necessities of life are taken care of. This is citizenship; the freedom to work, provide an income, and fit in with others who too live their lives normally.
But in Virginia, citizenship does not look the same for all people. Some fit the image of the average working-class Virginian perfectly while others live their lives day-to-day with double identities.
On the one hand, one man is like any other Virginian. He wakes up early in the morning to prepare for work, where he builds homes and office buildings on his construction job. After the day is over and the five o’clock traffic has ceased, he comes home to father his three children—two sons and a daughter—teaching them life lessons he hopes will guide them in being good citizens and making sound life choices.
Like any other evening, this 45-year-old tucked his children soundly in their beds on November 3rd, 2014. When he woke up the next morning, he was served a shocking reminder that despite his idyllic lifestyle and committed parenting he is not able to exercise all of the rights ensured to him as a citizen.
Because on this other hand, he is not a Virginian at all.
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