A Letter to the Next President

The Honorable President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

24 March 2016

Dear Madam Or Mr. President,

I am a white, educated women living in a primarily white, educated town in the western United States. My family is lower middle class — my parents had me young — and I am a first generation college student.

My point is, I’m pretty privileged. I have a lot of things and do a lot of things that I wouldn’t have or do if I was born differently.

But I am tired of the system working only for the privileged. I’m tired of a government that is no longer of the people.

Policies like a national registry for muslims or border walls won’t directly affect me or my family — but it will affect my American brothers and sisters, this great melting pot of citizens we turn to when things get hard.

My president, first and foremost, must respect ALL of my fellow Americans, black or white, born here or across the sea, citizen or no, every person in this country deserves respect from the person who runs this country. I demand a commander in chief whose rhetoric is thoughtful, intelligent, and above all respects the people who call this place home.

My president must take education seriously, must see it as a necessity to treat teachers and students fairly with policies that make learning and teaching easier and better for everyone involved.

My president must build bridges, not walls.

Above all, my president must act as though he is of the land of the free, and the home of the brave.




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