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After The 2nd Debate, Both Candidates Still Fail To Connect With Our Community [Editorial]

After two presidential debates and one Vice President debate we are officially 28 days until Election Day.

Yet, you would never know if you simply looked at the climate around you. Back in 2008, Millennial’s and the hip hop world were all excited and energized with the political process as Barack Obama spoke our language, paid attention to our issues, and gave us the confidence that he would be the one to help fix these issues. He used social media perfectly to display share his mission with all of us, and made us feel like we were truly important to the future of this country.

Eight years later, we are staring at one of the most important times in our country. Instead of giving us answers on the issues, the issues that will help shape the next decade in our lives this election has become a disgraceful soap opera. A soap opera, that belongs more on PIX11 during afternoon hours than a news network. The first half of last night's debate was a debate on who was the worst person. Not about the issues.

No one is talking to this community. No one. And it's a shame that we are spending more time debating the meaning behind grabbing a woman in the lower region without her permission, finding a reason why it's ok not to release tax returns, and former President Bill Clinton's years old unfaithfulness than the issues that will really help us.

This has been one of the quietest elections we can remember. It's become a race not on who’s better for the future of this country, but whom you rather not choose. Yes there is a difference. Our generation just isn't as excited as years past.

According to the New Yorker:

According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton holds a lead of just sixteen points over Trump among younger voters. That gap narrows to twelve per cent when Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are included. (In a Times/CBS poll, more than a third of voters between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine said that they will vote for a third-party candidate.)

The first time many millennials voted, they elected the first African-American President. As Zach Galifianakis pointed out two weeks ago, during an appearance by Clinton on “Between Two Ferns,” this means that, remarkably, in 2016 many young people will be voting for a white Presidential candidate for the first time.

Clinton offers those voters the chance to make history again, by electing a female President. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, sixty-six per cent of people between the ages of eighteen and thirty-nine believe that Trump is biased against women and minorities. A Quinnipiac poll places that number at seventy-three per cent.

And it's not to say Hillary Clinton is off the hook either. The e-mails that leaked shows that she may be further off than we originally thought. Or faking the funk to please her Wall Street audience.

via The Daily Beast:

“I’m kind of far removed” from the struggles of the middle class and “growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country” because of the “fortunes” that she and former President Bill Clinton currently enjoy. She illustrates this in another speech, when she complains about the need for politicians to avoid conflicts of interest.

“There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,” she said during a speech to Goldman Sachs, according to the leaked email. “You know, the divestment of assets, the stripping of all kinds of positions, the sale of stocks. It just becomes very onerous and unnecessary.”

Or her words of being ok having a "public and private position."

How are you going to help our community?

According to Donald Trump:

"I would be a president for all of the people, African- Americans, the inner cities. Devastating what’s happening to our inner cities. She’s been talking about it for years. As usual, she talks about it, nothing happens. She doesn’t get it done.

Same with the Latino Americans, the Hispanic Americans. The same exact thing. They talk, they don’t get it done. You go into the inner cities and — you see it’s 45 percent poverty. African- Americans now 45 percent poverty in the inner cities. The education is a disaster. Jobs are essentially nonexistent."

Clinton's answer to the question was her history of helping.

"I have tried my entire life to do what I can to support children and families. You know, right out of law school, I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. And Donald talks a lot about, you know, the 30 years I’ve been in public service. I’m proud of that. You know, I started off as a young lawyer working against discrimination against African-American children in schools and in the criminal justice system.

I worked to make sure that kids with disabilities could get a public education, something that I care very much about. I have worked with Latinos — one of my first jobs in politics was down in south Texas registering Latino citizens to be able to vote. So I have a deep devotion, to use your absolutely correct word, to making sure that an every American feels like he or she has a place in our country."

We have problems between police and black and Latinos in this country. Problems so deeply rooted that it will take years to have a true understanding and solution. Ava DuVernay flawlessly showed this issue in her latest documentary 13th.

Meanwhile Trump wants to "bring back law & order."

"We’re going to have a strong border. We’re going to bring back law and order. Just today, policemen was shot, two killed. And this is happening on a weekly basis. We have to bring back respect to law enforcement. At the same time, we have to take care of people on all sides. We need justice.

But I want to do things that haven’t been done, including fixing and making our inner cities better for the African-American citizens that are so great, and for the Latinos, Hispanics, and I look forward to doing it. It’s called make America great again."

What about student debt? Making marijuana legal? Keeping the middle class afloat? Fixing the education system in these inner cities?

Sure some of these questions were asked. Yet none were directly answered.

Back in 2007, before he was officially a candidate for President Obama stood in front of US and answered OUR questions. We are the next generation. We want you to talk to us, not give us awkward forced conversations with Mary J. Blige.

It is worrying. Will we even be heard during this election? With less than 30 days left until we have to choose our next President is it too late to ask for these answers?

After the second debate who will you be voting for President?

Transcript via NY Times. To watch the second Presidential debate go here.