An ap­peal to vote for long­shot O’Rourke

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

I was born a sec­ond-class cit­i­zen in apartheid South Africa. For three gen­er­a­tions we were told it would be a long­shot for a black man to be pres­i­dent of South Africa. In 1994, I voted for Man­dela — the long­shot. We changed the po­lit­i­cal land­scape for a na­tion.

For over 200 years, we were told an African-Amer­i­can would never be pres­i­dent. They said it would be a long­shot. In 2008, I voted for Obama — the long­shot. We again changed the his­tory of what was pos­si­ble in this great na­tion.

In 2018, on Nov. 6, I will be vot­ing for Beto — the long­shot. Join me in chang­ing the land­scape of Texas pol­i­tics. I was born a sec­ond-class cit­i­zen de­prived of rep­re­sen­ta­tion. If you do not go to the polls this Novem­ber, you choose to be a sec­ond-class cit­i­zen. Every Texan de­serves a voice. CHANDA PARBHOO, DAL­LAS

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