Dear leaders of America,
My name is Arlin. I am a seventeen year old senior from Oakland California, who has been following all the current events that have occurred over the last two years. From following what happened in Charlottesville, I have came to the conclusion, that this country is headed to a downfall.
I was born and raised in Oakland California. Growing up, I always had this sense of nationalism. Oh, how the United States, is the best country in the world! And oh, how proud I am to have been born in this country! But, as a person of color, I quickly found out how horrifically oppressed people of color have been, ever since the creation of this country.
As I learned from my years in school, the land this country sits on, stolen land. How badly people of color, had been treated to form this country you people have called home. And, I ask you to
better treat people of color, since the sweat of their back, is what created that lovely office you currently have. But, unfortunately, it seems to have gotten worse.
How can you as leaders, just sit around and let racism take place? The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, was so overdue. Yet people are triggered, and protest against the removal. Do they not know that General Lee was pro-slavery? How can this country be at peace, when the idea of slavery still is being celebrated?
I believe; that for you as leaders, remove any sort of materialistic reminders that may offend people. Such as statues, places given names after people in the eyes of the majority, do not approve. Please remove Columbus day off the calendar, and as a national holiday. Lasty, I suggest that people of color get to choose their own representatives in the government.
I wish that hopefully one day, this country is at peace with one another, and we can all call ourselves brothers and sisters, without any differences between us.
Thank you for taking your time to read my letter!