On a calm afternoon in late August, Recardo McCan enjoys the company of friends in Inglewood's Darby Park.
A gathering place for many in the city of Inglewood, the park is relatively empty this Monday, except for McCan and his companions, one of their grandsons and a couple enjoying the shade in the distance.
The 63-year-old McCan recently retired from a 43-year-long career as an Inglewood postal worker.
"I'm four months retired, so I just relax and enjoy now," he says.
McCan doesn't want the outcome of the 2016 presidential election to bring an end to the restfulness of his newly begun retired life.
In his youth, McCan participated in the civil rights movement, and as a member of the California All-Stars Football team, sat down during the national anthem when he played at Pearl Harbor in 1971, just as quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers did recently.
This year, McCan says he "will be voting for Hillary," because she's competent and stands in opposition to Donald Trump's divisiveness.
McCan trusts Clinton's political experience, calling her the most qualified person running. McCan emphasized the importance of equality for everyone. He doesn't think Trump shares this belief.
"Donald grew up as a privileged white in America. That's why he's saying 'I want it back!' McCan says.
McCan lived in segregated Georgia until he moved to Santa Monica with his family when he was 14.
He remembers a time when America's racial divides existed in a physical way. Much has changed in 50 years, and McCan acknowledges the progress: "I think of stuff from where I come from down South…and I can't believe I'm here now in Inglewood with you two Caucasians from University of Southern California."
McCan still loves his country, despite the injustices he faced because of his race. His father, brothers and cousins were all members of the armed forces; his sisters married soldiers.
The Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center inspired McCan to vote against the Democratic Party he had supported most of his life.
"If I start to expose who I voted for in the past, I'll probably get run out of the black community," McCan says. "I voted that second term for Bush because he said 'I'm going to get them.'"
McCan acknowledges that Trump is a disruptive figure in politics who has changed the political field. "In politics, he's just like Jerry Springer," McCan says, emphasizing the ways Trump's presence has influenced the course of the 2016 election.
While he admires Trump's business success, political experience is the main factor driving McCan's decision. Speaking to what some see as Hillary's flaws as a politician, he says, "Trustworthy? Tell me which one ever was perfect? I know it's all snakey and slithery but she's more qualified than anybody else, and that's what I like about her."
McCan relishes the freedom of his newfound retirement. His willingness to express his political views reflects this.
"I'm just who I am. I'm independent, and I'll vote for who I want to," he says.