Dear Leaders of America,
As we all know the United States of America is a great country, however we also know that it is riddled with social issues. My name is Austin, I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I am from a small Catholic town in Michigan. I dealt with issues of prejudice and discrimination for being gay, and many experience this same thing based on race. Although both groups are largely discriminated against by our current presidential administration, their causes and experiences differ.
Life for me growing up was never the best experience. The town that I lived in encompassed a whole community of strict Roman Catholic families. Although this is not inherently bad, this community uses their religion as an enormous catalyst for spreading hate. Racism is a clear issue in my childhood town, with my school (made up of two towns) only consisting of a handful of both black and hispanic Americans. I had come into contact with the social issues I am discussing today. I have seen how people can be treated and have even experienced it myself.
I feel there are some large issues that our leaders need to address. The first is racism. Racism has clearly been present for hundreds of years, originating with slavery in this country. This administration has pulled so many closeted bigots and racists out into the open, unveiling how much of an issue this truly is. I am also advocating for the addressing LGBTQ+ rights, although this is not the best time and place to discuss this< I still feel it is important for our leaders to fight for the basic human rights of all humans.
In terms of ways to address these issues, I believe it is all about holding people accountable. Many white supremacists from the Charlottesville rallies lost their jobs because of their behavior and what they supported. This is a great practice, we need to enforce actions against racism, bigotry, and hate. This can be brought about through governmental policies as well as workplace policies prohibiting any type of racism, discrimination, or bigotry. People need to fear the consequences of their racist and hateful actions.
I envision a future perfect America as one where people from all walks of life can coexist in harmony, eliminating any prejudice. I wish for equality among all men, women, minorities, LGBTQ+, etc. However we can not achieve a unified America without our leadership stepping up and standing up for those who need it. Our leadership must spearhead the fight against racism and inequality in this country, however I am doubtful it will be anytime soon, especially with this type of hate-filled administration in power. So I encourage an beg you to take this first steps in the fight for basic human rights.
Thank you for your time.
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