BlackBrownSolidarity

Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

 

In July a group of organizers from around the nation will convene in Washington D.C. to stand in solidarity to address issues affecting millennials issues such as; women’s rights, gun violence, education, environmental justice, police brutality and mass incarcerations .

My generation is dying! My generation has lost hope in democracy and the American Dream and quite frankly President Obama we have lost hope in you. Yes, the greatest man in the free world the first African American President.

I have been one of your biggest supporters since the age of 10. I believed your campaign slogan and made it my own personal mantra. Yes We Can! Then it happened I saw murder after murder and nothing, but a shell game to quiet the masses came from the White House. I want to thank you for health care but what does health care do when you have been brutally shot or beaten by those sworn to protect you.

I did not expect you to be the quote “The Black President”, but I did want you to be my President a President that is a leader. That represented the people all the people, young and old weak and strong. The crimes against black and brown faces have gone on way to long for anyone to ignore.

 

According to FBI statistics, law enforcement kills Black Americans approximately every 3 days, and some estimates say this deadly number is every day.  A huge percentage of the time Black and brown faces are unjustly stopped, abused, and are falsely arrested.  I don’t have to tell you that every day, families are torn apart, children are robbed of their futures, and our democracy is more than weakened.

I  am urging  you to issue an executive order enforcing and expanding federal bans on discriminatory policing, strengthening systems of police discipline, ordering the immediate collection of nationwide data on police use of force, ending federal anti-drug grants and the Defense Department’s 1033 program, and massively re-investing in community controlled policing.  To do anything less would surely not be keeping your brother.

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Yes, I get that you started that program My Brother’s Keepers, but again what good would that program do for my brother who has a chance of  being  illegally stopped, profiled and even worse  killed by  racially motivated and discriminatory policing.

 

There are plenty of federal laws on the books that, if enforced, could hold officers and police departments accountable when they discriminate, use excessive force, or kill unjustly. Currently, law enforcement and local prosecutors rarely hold their own officers accountable, creating a cycle of unrelenting police misconduct. And the federal government is supposed to intervene. National civil rights laws fought for and achieved by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others allow the federal government to enforce anti-discrimination laws. But year after year, we see more injustice, brutality, and death, with little or no accountability.

 

We can no longer wait any longer for change. As President of the United States, you have both the power and responsibility to help end this national civil and human rights crisis. The answer is clear sir. Use your Executive Power and address these issues through executive actions.

 

I hope you treat this matter with the utmost seriousness and do everything in your power to end the policies and practices that fuel militarized, abusive policing. Your latest initiatives are important steps in the right direction, Mr. President, but we need more. We need an executive order.  My 9 year old brother along with thousands of other little brothers cannot wait.

 

Sincerely,

Mary-Pat Hector

Mary-Pat Hector is 17 years old. She was born in Atlanta Georgia and will be attending Spelman College in the fall. She is a feminist, civil rights activist and future Political Science Major.

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