Julius M. Montana

Racial Discrimination

My letter is about how there has been millions accounts discrimination against African-American and Latino children in schools and in almost every state in the US. Also how we have to try and fix this issue sooner than later before something tragic happens.

Dear Future President,

Can you take just a couple minute out of your day to hear what I have to talk about. The issue I want to talk about is discrimination and how there is a lot of it in the United States of America. What usually causes this is maybe someone is a different color or race than another person and they decide to kind of take advantage of that in a way and sometimes it can go way too far. For example my cousins had just gotten out of school for the day and mind that they are all African-American, and they were walking home from school and teenagers from the local High School were yelling out of their car racial slurs at them. Also it's not just mainly in the schools it also happens in all the states. Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped.

A big symptom of discrimination is depression. Depression can can lead to things like health issues, insomnia, persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings, and these have been known to lead to thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.

Most minor instances of discrimination result from natural human instincts to feel more comfortable around other people with similar traits. Discrimination can also result from ingrained beliefs in society that people with certain traits are inferior in some ways. Color discrimination occurs when a person is discriminated against based on the lightness, darkness, or other color characteristic of the person. That is just a little bit of how discrimination may start or occur.

Some solutions that might work for helping fix discrimination in the United States is maybe we could make more laws about discrimination and if we do we have to make them stricter to make sure that people actually follow them.

Again thank you for reading my letter and listening to me talk about the big issue of discrimination in the United States and i hope you take my suggestions into consideration. Thank you again for reading my letter.


Julius M., 15

Billings, MT