Tamia S. Louisiana

Racial Inequality-- It needs to stop

How racial inequality is negatively affecting the country.

Dear Future President,

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, a civil rights leader, once said these words in a speech given to a group of civil rights activists in 1963. 53 years later, his dream still hasn’t seemed to come true, considering the amount of racial injustice still occurring in America. As our next president, I feel that you need to fix the mass amounts of racial inequality between black and white citizens. In America, everyone should be safe and feel that way. But this isn’t happening as much as it should be with the African American race. Between police brutality and pure hatred towards them, they feel more targeted than protected. “Although black and white Americans are IDENTICAL… 91% acknowledge some or a lot of discrimination against blacks” PR Newswire once said in an article addressing the issue. As one can see, citizens of the African heritage don’t feel nearly as safe as they should, living in such a “free” country. Additionally, the majority of black or predominantly black neighborhoods are in poverty. This is a problem because most of the families have to pay bills, tuition, and other important things, with a very small income. An article by Theodore Johnson titled “Black voters, too, want a choice, not an echo: the GOP and conservative principles can supply the lack”, tells readers about a woman named Sabina Loving. Ms. Loving lives in a poor neighborhood, and states “she lives in a city where gun violence is shamefully high, public schools are closing, 2,000 hospital beds have been lost, and excessively long ambulance-response times.” This citation shows that Chicago’s south side, where Loving lives, along with many others black neighborhoods are very poor and can’t afford many of the things that we take for granted such as basic education.

Finally, the country would get the benefit of a better economy if racial inequality didn’t exist. This is because a lot of companies bar black men from work due to their criminal records, which is costing the United States billions. The Washington Post states; “Racial inequality costs the U.S. billions of dollars each year, through the wasted productivity of black men barred from work”. This further proves my point that if racial injustice simply didn’t exist in America, the country would be better off. As mentioned above, Mr./Mrs. President, your efforts in ending racial injustice would help me and the rest of the country because it would bring the country together. I may be too young to vote, but I’m not too young to understand how racism is negatively affecting the country.


Tamia S.

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