Ellen K. New Jersey

Racial Discrimination & Police Brutality

Dear Future President, I would like to begin by congratulating you for your achievement of becoming the President of the United States, however, this is only the beginning. America has very distinct and nationwide threatening problems that needs to be addressed. Most importantly, the racial inequality and discrimination shown towards African Americans, specifically when it comes to the justice system of America. Over the past several years, this has become an increasingly important topic which demands attention. Did you know, that African Americans are three times more likely to be killed, than a person of Caucasian or other decent? But most importantly, of all the horrific and repulsive events that took place, in 98% of the cases, no police officer was charged with a crime. There are now courses and programs taking place in certain schools, targeting children to teenagers who are African American, that instruct them how to behave if they are pulled over or approached by a police officer. Devastatingly, that is one course that no kid will ever say, “But when will I use this in my life”. The officers who did these deeds, need to be held accountable for their actions. Furthermore, any precautions that can be taken without immediately resorting to violence, should be taken. Officers should be trained to solve situations without using their weapon, unless absolutely necessary; other means should be taken before the gun leaves the holster. Many of the crimes and brutality that took place within the past three years, were all shootings that were clearly racially prejudiced, and overlooking that statement would be a mistake. In fact, the United States should become stricter with its’ policies about how the police work, and if action is not taken soon, the country will fall into inevitable chaos. Please do not take these words lightly, many people's lives are at stake every day. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this, and I hope you take what I have said into consideration. Sincerely, Ellen Kamalyan