Dear Leaders of America,
I am a white, cisgender, middle class college student living in the Midwest. I am a liberal, feminist, ally, and I stand for equality and justice for all people. I’ve been researching the situation in Charlottesville that unfolded about a month ago, and I have some things that I’d like to share with you.
As a young adult in America, I am surrounded by diversity of person and thought. I was raised and have it engrained in my mind that this diversity is beautiful and valued, and is what makes America great. I have always been told to never judge a person based on something they can’t control – like their race, ethnicity, class, gender, etc. To hear of the hate and violence in Charlottesville by white supremacist groups goes against my very being and everything I have ever learned. It confuses and scares me to live in a world where people 1) feel this way about their fellow Americans, and 2) feel as though they can say and act on these feelings without and worry of punishment or repercussions for their actions. I am disgusted by the lack of response, and, really, backbone displayed by the “leadership” (I use this term lightly) in Washington. If children are taught to promote peace and love, and to care for one another, why can’t our government lead by example and try to instill this ideal into our severely broken country?
Our priority, as a country, should be to fix ourselves. We are broken, divided, and tired, and the buffoon in power is doing nothing to help that. He is only causes further division and polarization, which will lead to the demise of this great country I call home. We need to focus on racism and what systematic racism is and looks like. We need to focus on promoting kindness and hospitality to each other and those who need our help. We need to focus on being decent human beings who support each other and embody what it means to be an American.
I would suggest that our biggest problem is with our leadership. We need to do a much better job of encouraging everyone – young, old, black, white – to VOTE. We as a society are so fed up with our president, yet we are the ones that put him there. We need to be the change we wish to see.
I hope for an America where people don’t need to walk down the street and be afraid for their lives because of how they look. I want to live in a world where those in positions of power and privilege are held accountable for their actions and words. I wish for an America where love has trumped hate.
Start leading by example and make America great for ALL people.