Dear Leaders of America,
My name is Amanda. I grew up just off of Lake Saint Clair in the Metro Detroit area. Although the area is mostly lower middle class, my family struggled financially due to addiction and bad habits. Because of this, my experience as a teenager was “minimal”. In other words, I missed out on many opportunities because of a lack of money. Field trips, senior overnight parties and school dances were all out of the question- and I would be lying if I claimed I didn’t feel left out through the duration of my high school experience. To top it all off, I was outed as being bisexual my freshman year, which led the other girls to avoid me and the boys to oversexualize me.
After doing research into the Charlottesville riot, I’ve realized how unimportant my struggles have been. I have never been looked at as less than a person because of my color, religion or gender identity. Sure there was some bullying for my sexuality, but it was never anything I couldn’t simply brush off. It also emphasized the importance of intersectionality in our country; I now realize how imperative it is for marginalized groups to “stick together”, so to speak, in order to have a healthy and accepting society.
Therefore, I think it is of utmost importance that our elected leaders advocate for love and peace during these dark times in our history; a time where our own president spreads a rhetoric of hate and fear in order to sway the confused or scared masses into supporting him. Our politicians have an obligation to denounce our president’s harmful speech and particularly the occurrences at Charlottesville. Just to proclaim “one side was bad but the other is worse” is not enough to instill confidence in the American people.
I implore our elected leaders to take a firmer stance on Charlottesville, and condemn Trump for his awful hate speech. My ideal America is one where we accept innocent refugees into our country, end discrimination against marginalized communities, and children are not afraid to go to school because of hateful classmates. We must all be agents of intersectionality, and stand up for our neighbors no matter how different they are. In my ideal America, everyone lives without fear.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.