Dear Leaders of America,

My name is Rosalinda Ramos, I currently attend Fremont High School. This is my last year of High School and throughout these 3 years and a half, there’s been many unfortunate situations going on in the political field. The most recent one was the Charlottesville riot. I assume you already know about this situation but I will summarize key parts for future reference. This riot occurred a few days before I started my senior year. I was devastated to hear and see what was going on in my country.As a person of color, this hit too close to home. I live in a culturally diverse area and for the most part, everyone respects each other. It’s normal for white people to interact and befriend people of color. I have seen this all my life and experienced it. When I hear about these white supremacist ideologies, and people of color being targeted by the police I truly get devastated. What I learned about the Charlottesville riot is that there are still a lot of close minded people that practice hate on a daily basis. I am honestly saddened by this because the illusion of race has made the human being lose touch with himself. I also learned that living where I do is such a privilege because of it’s diversity, I get to see the world one person at a time.

Unfortunately, there are many issues that plague our country, but if I had the chance to suggest you an issue to prioritize, it would be to take care of the children whom live in this nation. Everyday a child gets taken away from home and placed in a human trafficking ring, never to be seen again. Instead of spending billions of dollars on war and sending other kids to get killed off in another country, we should use that money to find those innocent souls that are forced to do unexplainable things. Then make sure the criminals who destroy children never get to say daylight ever again. This issue should be your priority because it is known that sex slaves are also taken advantage of from the people in our very own government. If you guys started cleaning up your corruption instead of trying to sweep if under the rug, then the people of America just might trust you again.

It won’t be easy to stop an ongoing issue, but we have to try. We can make sure that the identities of sex offenders are well known, and make sure kids are in the right hands when they’re placed in foster care, groups homes, etc. Taking down those sites in which they offer up innocent and helpless children. We can also make new terms and conditions for clothing lines that make flashy clothing for children, and let them know of new consequences for selling inappropriate material for children. These are only baby steps but they will lead us a long way.

The kids of today are the future of America’s tomorrow. I would like for America’s future to be safe for people from all over the world. I would also like to see the money hungry greed of congressman, businessman, and corporations diminish. I would like to see peace in America and all over the world. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this.


Rosalinda Ramos


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November 9, 2017 5:04 pm


It is inspiring that you are so passionate about helping children. It think it is great that you are confident enough to call out our leaders for their corruption. I can tell that you are very strong in your beliefs. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with congressmen and other leaders. I think that you can make a big difference with your convictions.

October 20, 2017 3:15 am

Rosalinda, I love that you seem so passionate about these topics and it seems to me that you will be the person to start the change. But, I am a bit confused about how these two topics intertwine with each other. I think that the best way to make sure that both of these subjects get the attention that they deserve you have to make them separate posts. If I am completely off base please let me know.

September 30, 2017 4:26 pm

Hello Rosalinda, first and foremost, I loved your post. I think your perspective is truly unique and equally important- because you seem to live in a place where people don’t discriminate openly based on race. You imply that racial differences have little affect on your day to day life, and Charlottesville was a reminder that other parts of our country don’t share in that blessing. I also loved that you state “the illusion of race”, in order to demonstrate we’re all humans, not a separate species just because we look slightly different. The one point I wanted to highlight is that you made me consider the vast differences between our high school experiences. When I was in high school, Obama was in office and life was good. Your generation is living in the Trump administration during the most impressionable stage in your lives- and I can only imagine how that is shaping young minds.

September 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Hi Rosalinda. I am a student from Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Thank you for sharing your views and perspective on the incident at Charlottesville, I love how personal and open you were with your stories; some suggestions for your first paragraph, add some links, sources or articles about Charlottesville, another item I would like to address is when you said ” I assume you already know about this situation but I will summarize key parts for future reference. ” you didn’t really summarize what happened, this event was massive and a lot happened so you need to be more specific. Some suggestions of a more specific summary is talking about why it happened, who made it happened and what carried it on? My last thing that you could make this article more constructive is please stay on topic. I love your passion about everything you talk about but in the 2nd+ paragraphs I got really lost. The title of your article is “My perspective on Charlottesville” and all of sudden you started to talk about “sex slaves and child trafficking” you either need to have a more clear transition or stay on topic. To wrap this up, Im sure you can find multiple articles about Charlottesville, so please add some. Also fix paragraph 2+.

September 20, 2017 4:28 pm

Dear Rosalinda,
I am intrigued with your post but also disturbed, the incident that happened in Charlottesville is very upsetting, as well all know. Being one of color it’s even more upsetting because this could happen anywhere with anyone. Our society have never given the appropriate attention that is needed towards people of color, nor what happens with our youth.

September 16, 2017 6:34 pm

I see where you’re coming from, and I respect that, but there are some things that I don’t agree with. The first thing is that not all cops are bad, sure there some that are corrupt, but not all. Another thing is the fact that you say that we shouldn’t go off in other countries and go to war, but you have no problem saying that sexual predators should “never see the light again”. Yes, sexual predator are horrible people, but it’s funny how you are against killing of terrorists that terrorize other countries, but would still want sexual predators be executed. Seems ironic to me. Also, I would like to add that the BLM are also a group of racist and violent people. Again, I see where you are coming from and how you want the world to be a better place, but I just wanted to point out some things you should consider. Don’t be a Liberal, or a Conservative, but be HUMAN.

September 16, 2017 6:32 pm

Rosalinda, I agree with you when it comes to people of color being targeted by the police. Also there are good police and some bad apples in the mix but that should be fixed. Another thing is you couldn’t have said it better that human trafficking is awful to the children and families that are affected by it, and I couldn’t image the pain of being ripped away from my family. But I don’t think that they should have that harsh of punishment, we have a justice system and that’s what it is there for, but the process can be long and sometimes unfair. All in all young people like myself are the future of america and we should raise key issues in our society today and make it so when we are older they aren’t issues anymore.

Okemos High School, Student

Bryant W

September 15, 2017 12:25 pm

Dear Rosalinda,
I am disturbed and torn by your post, “My opinion on Charlottesville” because I feel as though today, in 2017 people should treat each other equally no matter the race/color. People should start fixing these problems for our future generations, like you said. But I feel as though, people won’t recognise these problems until we stand up for what we believe in, but it should never end in violence like it did in Charlottesville.
Thank you for your thoughtful post, and be well. -Emma

September 13, 2017 5:29 pm

Dear Rosalinda,
I am Upset and Empathetic by your post. It really makes me feel like this world has came to this it´s not right at all about what happens to those people. I think that doing strikes and protesting will help with all of these issues. I also have a couple questions:
1)Are the government doing anything?
2) Have you tried to get in touch with the city council/government?
Thank you for writing your post. I look forward to seeing what your next topic is going to be about because I think itś really important that everyone knows your opinion and try to support you in what you are trying to achieve. Also thank you for reading my comment because I really wanted to tell you how I felt about your post and tell you how life changing it will be when more people get to it.

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