recently wrote to our President Barrack Obama, highlighting some of the ills of this country—racism and economic inequality—perpetuated towards African Americans. The surface of the letter was filled with literal field-mines of rancor and lost-hopes for a better American society.
I did not want his sympathy, nor did I wanted for him to write back, I just wanted to unload my frustrations and disappointments to him. In my letter I mentioned the no indictments of Officer Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the latter, killed 18-year-old Michael Brown and the former, choked Eric Garner to death.
In his attempt to relate Mr. Barrack Obama had this to say, “Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans who are concerned about our Nation’s young people, and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.” He adds, “As a young man, I made some bad choices and I did not always take school as seriously as I should have. I didn’t have a dad in the house, and I was angry about it—even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made excuses, and I sold myself short.”
He then went on to talk about how he was lucky to grow up in a “forgiving environment,” surrounded by people who encouraged him to “work and study hard.” with that said, he also mentioned, “For decades, however, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color. Regardless of where they come from, they are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years. we need to change this–for their sake, and for the sake of America’s future.”
Unfortunately, I can not show you the rest of the letter, because it’s my personal treasure, among the many others from him, but it went on to reassure me that he’s working hard through policies such as “My Brother’s Keeper,” to give African Americans a better chance for prosperity.