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    Dear Leaders of America,

    Hi, I am a 5th year senior at Michigan State University.  I have learned quite a bit from the research done on Charlottesville.  On of the most important things I’ve learned is that thi

    A Spartan for America

    Dear Leaders of America, Hi, I am a 5th year senior at Michigan State University.  I have learned quite a bit from the research done on Charlottesville.  On of the most important things I’ve learned is that this nation is...

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    • I definitely agree with your point regarding mental health and racism being top priorities for our leaders here in America. I think the two issues can also go hand in hand, as increased tensions because of systematic racism can be detrimental to ones health. Separately, I think these topics both address issues of ignorance in America. We, as a whole, are so ignorant to the issue of mental health and see it as something that isn’t very serious, instead of seeing it for the serious medical condition it is. We are also ignorant to the lives of those experiencing racism, and oftentimes have an attitude of “well, I wasn’t around when slavery was happening, so that’s not my problem”. We, the people, AND our leaders need to educate ourselves and instill what we learn into how we treat each other and how we live in this society together.

    • The sad truth is that America is deeply divided. With the new administration, this has become more clear. I agree with what you said, that “there needs to be a stronger message of unity put out by our leaders… There needs to be a clear message that says violence, especially from groups that spew hate, is not tolerated in this country”. I believe that this is the first step towards creating the America that you and I, and countless others, want to live in. It needs to be made clear that violence, hate, and discrimination towards any group of people because of their race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, of any kind, is unacceptable.
      When you write about those who are supposed to be coming up with these solutions, who are you talking about? The government? As a private citizen, it isn’t supposed to be your job to “come up with the solutions to these problems”, and in a perfect world you wouldn’t have to, but desperate times call for desperate measures. The people in charge are clearly not coming up with any solutions, and as humans, we have the responsibility to force the government, and everybody else, to see that we will not stand for the injustices that our fellow Americans are facing.
      Great post!

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