People, Not Politicians

Early voting in Ohio, 2022

Pranav Jani

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When I went for early voting today here in Ohio, planning to vote for the Dem slate, I wasn’t smiling one bit.

But something happened at the very end that reminded me of what I truly value, and how change will come.

Can you blame me for not smiling and feeling angry? I felt hoodwinked and trapped.

There I was, an Asian American leftist, about to vote for a xenophobic and anti-Asian Tim Ryan. I see Ryan signs saying “Workers First!” and I can’t help adding the edit…

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Pranav Jani

Assoc Prof, English, Ohio St (postcolonial/ethnic studies). Social justice organizer. Writer, speaker. Desi. Family guy. Singer. Wannabe cook. He/him. @redguju.