Hi Fambly, I have heard a few people say they are not a part of the system in the United States. To not be a part of the system means you don't have to pay an electric bill because you have your own power supply. You don't have to pay a water bill or buy food because you have your own water and grow your own food on your own land for which you do not have to pay property taxes because you and your land are not a part of the system. If someone steals from you or your house catches fire you don't have to call 911 because you have your own police and fire departments. But most important if the government tries to take your land you're not worried about it because you have your own military. That is of utmost importance if you are truly liberated because no matter what you have if you live on the same planet with white folks if you can't protect it you can't keep it. No Black person in this country is liberated but we are all totally dependent on the system for our every basic need. If white folks decide they don't want to sell us food there ain't too many of us who would even know how to feed ourselves. How is that being liberated? How can we have an army with tanks and airplanes to fight an enemy on whom we are totally dependent for gasoline to operate the darn things? So what do we have to fight with? We have the vote. To refuse to participate in a system on which we are still totally dependent doesn't strike me as at he end result of critical thinking. It would be like it you have direct deposit and your paycheck goes directly into your bank account. Then you decide you don't like what the bank is doing so you don't want to be a part of the banking system. You throw away your passbook, tear up your checkbooks, and cut up your debit cards. Now you are liberated, you tell yourself. But your paycheck is still going to your bank account. Not only have you not changed the banks policy but now you no longer have access to your money. The vote may not give us power but it does give us influence and a voice. If that were not a tool of consequence then why do white people use so much money, effort and ingenuity to keep us from voting? Because they know that historically whenever Black people vote in a block we make changes. It's the reason why we no longer live under jim crow laws. It's the reason why we are no longer forced to ride in coach when we buy a first class ticket. It's the reason why a mother can sue the KKK in court and win. We can devalue what we have an silence the energy or our collective voice or we can let our voices be heard.