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    Dear Leaders of America,

     

    I am Antonio LION Faaeteete I just want to thank you for being here with me today, listening to what i got to say. I attended Fremont High School in Oakland California I am currently

    Many Hearts Taken.

    Dear Leaders of America,   I am Antonio LION Faaeteete I just want to thank you for being here with me today, listening to what i got to say. I attended Fremont High School in Oakland California I am currently...

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    • Dear​ ​Antonio,
      I​ ​am​ ​very​ ​impressed​ ​with​ ​your​ ​letter,​ ​“Many​ ​Hearts​ ​Taken,”​ ​because​ ​all​ ​of​ ​your​ ​statements​ ​are​ ​TRUE​ ​and​ ​I
      agree​ ​with​ ​your ideas!
      One​ ​sentence​ ​you​ ​wrote​ ​that​ ​stands​ ​out​ ​for​ ​me​ ​is:​ ​“​.​ ​I​ ​got​ ​a​ ​question​ ​why​ ​is​ ​it​ ​that​ ​the​ ​government​ ​and​ ​the
      protectors​ ​of​ ​the​ ​US​ ​were​ ​so​ ​quick​ ​and​ ​eager​ ​to​ ​penalize​ ​the​ ​black​ ​panthers​ ​and​ ​put​ ​each​ ​member​ ​in​ ​bars
      but​ ​when​ ​the​ ​the​ ​kkk​ ​has​ ​live​ ​video​ ​of​ ​them​ ​burning​ ​the​ ​cross​ ​on​ ​their​ ​yard​ ​all​ ​the​ ​police​ ​officers​ ​had​ ​to​ ​say
      was​ ​“​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​be​ ​doing​ ​this​ ​take​ ​it​ ​down”.​​ ​I​ ​think​ ​this​ ​is​ ​good​ ​that​ ​you​ ​put​ ​this​ ​out​ ​there​ ​because​ ​they
      should​ ​know​ ​that​ ​we​ ​do​ ​notice​ ​this​ ​things​ ​and​ ​it​ ​isn’t​ ​right.
      Another​ ​sentence​ ​that​ ​I​ ​noticed​ ​was:​ ​“​ ​​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​see​ ​more​ ​students​ ​achieve​ ​their​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​for​ ​the
      education​ ​system​ ​to​ ​get​ ​stronger​ ​and​ ​stronger​ ​to​ ​fill​ ​our​ ​brains​ ​with​ ​knowledge​”​ ​This​ ​stood​ ​out​ ​for​ ​me
      because​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​the​ ​same​ ​thing​ ​and​ ​this​ ​would​ ​help​ ​for​ ​the​ ​violence​ ​going​ ​on​ ​in​ ​the​ ​streets​ ​because
      if we​ ​have​ ​more​ ​good​ ​opportunities​ ​in our​ ​faces​ ​we​ ​would​ ​have​ ​things​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​us​ ​busy​ ​so​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​less
      being​ ​people​ ​In​ ​the​ ​streets.
      Thanks​ ​for​ ​your​ ​writing.​ ​I​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​what​ ​you​ ​write​ ​next​ ​because​ ​your​ ​very​ ​honest​ ​to​ ​what​ ​you
      write​ ​and​ ​you​ ​come​ ​up​ ​with​ ​great​ ​ideas.
      -ChristyLynn

    • Dear Antonio LION Faaeteeete :
      I am amazed by the way you felt in your letter, “Leaders of America” because i can relate to your opinion. Your letter was the truth.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “everywhere i go outside the hood people always tend to see me as ghetto uneducated type of black individual” I think this is true because people be stereotyping us by the color of our skin.
      Another sentence that I admire was: “Majority of the white population will always look at me and my people as the criminals of the United States of America.” This stood out for me because the whites see us as disgrace of their country
      Your letter reminds me of something that happened to me. One time me and my brother was at T4 and their was a white couple watching us order our food. My brother card wasn’t working and the white couple said that we were frauds.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i really enjoyed and had a connection to you letter.

    • Dear Antonio,

      I am motivated with your letter “Many Hearts Taken” because I am also from Oakland and I appreciated the attempt of representation. I was pleased to see that effort was put into this topic.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I believe that the leaders of the US should jump on the fact that there is nazi and kkk violence and they should be punished for it” I think that this is alarming because hate isn’t always punished and it is disguised as one’s beliefs. I agree with this statement because it totally makes sense.

      Another sentence that I agreed with was: “that anyone who goes against that should face time in prison yeah we have freedom of speech but once it turns physical how it already did if should be handled immediately” This stood out for me because it’s a solution that is plausible. Some people just do not want to enforce this law because others do it as well.

      Your image reminds me of something that happened to me. One time, I was denied entrance to a my middle school because I was wearing a Oakland t-shirt that had a leaf on it. The leaf was not affiliated with weed but it was confused with the Oak tree. I had to explain the principle what it was but still I had to change clothes. Only because the shirt was questionable.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I get to get perspective from your writing. I also I am excited to the solutions that you have for this country. Most of these solutions seemed logical and I appreciate the thought that went into it.

    • Antonio, this was a heart-warming piece. May I ask why you had to mention that you ” play football and i am a D1 prospect with a future to attend any college in this nation?” I don’t think this information relates to the point you are trying to prove, and it would be more effective later in the post. However, I am filled with joy to see an educated, black, football player taking a stance, and using their voice for something greater than themselves. (I am also African American, just so that you don’t think I am being racist). Don’t say that racism is something that won’t ever go away (is that reality? maybe) but optimism and using our voices to fight for our equality is what is going to bring CHANGE. We can’t be negative. Don’t let anyone put you in a box of a stereotype, we are all so much better than that. Help bring our people out of the hood; use your voice. If you are going D1, I better hear of you making some phenomenal changes!

      Go do big things Antonio,

      Jenessa

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