For the first time in her life, 19-year-old Mocka Lloyd is eligible to vote for the next President of the United States. She’s not excited about this rite of passage, however, because she doesn’t like Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, who she predicts will be the 2016 ballot options. Unless Bernie Sanders miraculously pulls ahead in the primaries and becomes the nominee for the Democratic Party, she’s not even sure she’s going to vote. “If I’m going to vote, it’s going to be for somebody that I want,” says Lloyd.
Lloyd, an aspiring musician who lives in Harlem, New York, is not alone in favoring Sanders. The 74-year-old senator from Vermont has had overwhelming support from voters under age 30. The unfortunate news for Sanders is that young voter turnout is not looking substantial enough for him to become the presidential nominee.
Passionate about rights, Lloyd doesn’t feel any of the candidates address the issues that truly matter to her. “I feel like they don’t even want gay rights,” says Lloyd. “Once whoever becomes president, they’re not going to care about gay people anymore,” she says. Although she loves the idea of a woman as president, Lloyd doesn’t believe Clinton understands Harlem’s needs. “We need more after-school programs for kids and teens, and we need more shelters for the homeless,” explains Lloyd. “People just need to care more about people,” she says enthusiastically.
“Evolution to revolution,” proclaims Lloyd. “I want Barack Obama to stay, he was my man,” she declares, “or Michelle [Obama] needs to run.” March 18, 2016. View Archive