My name is Javier Valdes, I’m a Latino male from Oakland California. When researching the Charlottesville protest I found that people are too scared to change and hold on to values from 50 years ago. A protest that started when a statue of a general from over 100 years ago was to be removed turned violent. Growing up in Oakland, a city where the color ratio ranges from white to black you learn that everyone’s the same but people are treated differently. Cops in my city aren’t really trusted because they don’t always come when someone rings or need them depending on the neighborhood. People get treated differently based on how you look or act. As the elected leaders, you should prioritize the racism in the higher parts of the government the fact that we still have discrimination based on the amount you make or the color of your skin is terrible. At this point in our country’s history we should be equal not face tougher restrictions when in fact everyone’s an immigrant in their own right. As an American leader you should understand first off we are all equal regardless of the color of our skin. No one should judge someone or discriminate when we are no one to judge no one. We need to stop the hate and ignore stereotypes if we want to move on and continue developing as a society. The future America will look like a place of equality where people don’t feel discriminated against or unsafe or lesser than anyone else because, we as a country and society will learn from our mistakes and all the unnecessary violence as a whole.
Signed, Javier Valdes
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