Gucci Mane: 'I Wish I Had My Right to Vote'
Taking a break from churning out a new batch of club bangers, Gucci Mane recently ventured over to Florida Memorial University for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Union's “Young Gets It Done” rally on Monday to encourage youngsters to head to the polls and vote in this year’s presidential election. The Atlanta rapper also touched on police brutality and mass incarceration.
"Young people have an opportunity to make a big difference tomorrow," Gucci Mane said, according to a Twitter clip. "And not just any young people -- the young people in this room. Young people of color. Young people who come from neighborhoods surrounding this college. Tomorrow, be down here to vote. Vote not because I’m telling you to. Or not because anybody is telling you to. But vote because this is about y’all future. You can make a vote to stop all the police brutality. You can make a vote to stop all this mass incarceration.”
During his rousing speech, the “Back on Road” MC ruminated on how he wishes he had the ability to vote (as an ex-convict, his voting rights were stripped away) and encouraged those to take advantage of their 15th Amendment right.
Despite being released this past May from prison, Gucci can’t cast his vote. In the state of Georgia, convicted felons can only regain their right to vote after they complete their sentence, including prison sentence, parole and probation.
“All these issues are not just personal to you and your families, they impact me,” he said. “I wish that I had my right to vote. I feel like after you serve your time, don’t punish me for the rest of my life. It’s something that I already did my time for.”