Bryce H. Minnesota

All lives matter

This country is filled with hate crimes everyday and if we don't make a change right now it will get even worse.This letter is asking for the next president to take this into consideration and make a change.

Dear Mr. or Mrs. President

Right now in America there has been a lot of crime that has taken place under the wing of “Black Lives Matter”. Crime is a big issue, but what really is the issue is just people not getting along with others because they're different . In 2013, law enforcement agencies reported 6,933 offenses as being motivated by a bias toward a particular race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity. This is normal. People you see everyday that are committing horrific crimes because they don't believe in the same God or they have a different skin color. I believe that America and our next president should put a end to this and worry about protecting our country instead of hurting it.

In America, I think it is completely right to have freedom of speech. If most people in America think people should have the right to speech, why are people getting killed because they say one ethnicity is better than the other? That is a big problem. For example, William Simmons was a long time K.K.K. (Ku Klux Klan) member but in 1905 he started to leave and support colored people after he was at a convention in Atlanta Georgia, (Carisle, 1). People don't realize that everyone is the same on the inside and people have to start taking that into consideration. A little more recent; On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others. Two civilians were also wounded. Johnson was an Army Reserve Afghan war veteran who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. This shows it is still happening today, on both sides and it needs to stop.

At the end of the day people know it can't be completely resolved but we can for sure make it better. Even the leader of our country is decided by two sides (Republican, Democratic). On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.{ staff} This was just one example of a very big murder because of hate and it changed our country forever. If people are mad about something or someone they can express their feelings in court, not by causing harm.

Mr. or Mrs. President, I believe you should emphasize this topic and create harsher sentences to hate crimes. This topic is connected to peace an justice because we need more peace throughout the world and with more peace comes more justice. If the president really focused on this topic it would make people think more about the important things like the goals instead of worrying if someone's walking on the wrong side of the road or not. Please Mr. or Mrs. President, take this into recommendation and make America a safer place.

Sincerely, Bryce Hansen

Chaska Middle School East

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