Haley R. Wisconsin

Racial Inequality

No matter what skin tone you have, you should be equal to everyone else.

Greetings Future President.

I'd first like to congratulate you on winning the election. The United States of America is a tough country to represent. I'd like to speak about racial inequality, a huge issue in the States that many people- mostly white Americans- like to avoid.

Racism has always been a big issue in the United States of America. From Tanzina Vega's article on CNN Money "Where The Biggest Inequality Gaps Are in America", it is said that Milwaukee, Wisconsin has 17.3% unemployed blacks and 4.3% whites. The gap in there is very large and uncomfortable to hear about. Finding a good, well-paying job that can keep you financially stable is very hard to find, and imagining that it's even worse to find one for having a skin color seems awful.

Renee Stepler's "5 Key Takeaways About Views of Race" on Pew Research Center, a white person's net worth is 13x greater than black. Doesn't that seem a little unequal? Everyone should be able to receive the same amount of net worth as the next person.

Sourced by Pamela Newkirk "How American Democracy Sustains Racial Inequality" from The Washington Post, by 2011, black America had lost 63% of its wealth. 1 in 10 white children were in poverty while 1 in 3 black children were more likely to go without a home. It's very sad to think that a race has a bigger chance of going without a home, especially so young, because they don't have a light tone of skin.

Racial inequality has to be something we can't avoid anymore. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has a point. With all respect, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Michael Brown Jr., Ezell Ford, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, and many more were innocent people who were killed by white police. Those of Hispanic, Latino, Islamic, Asian, or Indian culture are also unfairly treated, getting less pay than the Caucasians and going against prejudice beliefs. Everyone should have a right to have the same economic wealth and health care as the next person. They are a citizen of this country. I believe racial inequality is something we need to fix immediately.

Thank you for your time.

Haley R.

Works Cited:

Vega, Tanzina. "Where the biggest inequality gaps are in America." CNN Money, May 17, 2016. http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/17/news/economy/income-inequality-race-america/ 

Stepler, Renee. "5 key takeaways about views of race." Pew Research, June 27, 2016. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/27/key-takeaways-race-and-inequality/

Newkirk, Pamela. "How American democracy sustains racial inequality." The Washington Post, February 5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-american-democracy-sustains-racial-inequality/2016/02/04/7e829f68-b25d-11e5-9388-466021d971de_story.html

Craig High School - Ms. Tucker's English 9

3rd Hour - Honors English 9

Craig High School

All letters from this group →