Dear White People,

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

—Maya Angelou

I want to encourage you to look inward for a moment.

  • Who are you?
  • What is it that you stand for?
  • What do you care about?
  • What scares you?

Sit and ponder these questions for a brief moment and maybe even write down the answers.

Now let’s take a moment to look outward. When you think about our society that we live in, what comes to mind?

  • Are you thrilled with the progress that we’ve made?
  • Are you content with where we are?

If you answered “yes” to the last question let’s keep thinking. I’m going to ask you to travel a little further outside of your comfort zone. The society that we live in isn’t just, it’s crooked, and it’s extremely corrupt.

You know what? I should take a second to clarify that I’m not mad at you for being naive to the issues that are going on in our society. I’m just asking you to see the other side of the world that we live in. Putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes for a moment is challenging, but it is also essential in order for us to grow as a society. Now, I’m going to list a few of the issues that really break my heart and make me want to work towards bettering the world we live in.

    • Children are being born in cities that have been systematically built to ensure almost a complete failure rate.
    • There are people being given longer prison sentences for the same crime because of the color of their skin.
    • Children are going hungry and not receiving a proper education because our government has convinced the people that having the world’s strongest military is far more important.

    Do any of these three issues bring you discomfort? If you answered, “yes”, good because this should bother you.

    Here’s the thing, I could go on a detailed rant about each of these issues. I could talk about systematic oppression, privilege, mass manipulation, and a vast list of others things, but I’m not going too. The point of me writing this letter is to bring out the empathy in you, to bring awareness to the fact that the color of your skin greatly effects where you will start in life, and to hopefully have you motivated enough to work towards change.

    As white people, we have been given the upper hand in our country. I feel it is our responsibility to use what we’ve been given to help everyone reach equality. We have a voice, and we need to use it. As humans, we tend to put off other’s problems as “it’s not all that bad”. We need to take the time to listen, to educate ourselves and others, then we can begin to understand the issues that others face on a daily basis. We will never will be able to relate, but we can begin to understand. This alone is extremely important for us to move forward as a just society.

    So white people, I am kindly asking you to listen to the conversations. Understand that becoming educated on the social injustices in our country is going to bring extreme discomfort. Once you are aware of what your neighbors are going through, hopefully it will light a fire in you. After you have delved into the mayhem that’s going on, start using your voice. Speak on the topic and speak loud. People need to hear about this. Sure it’s an uncomfortable topic, but it is the reality of what is going on in our country and around the world. People need to become educated on these issues. It is essential for us to move forward. We have to collectively come together and fight for what is right. We are all humans, and we all deserve the same rights.

    — Your fellow American