Let me just put it out there. I am bothered that the President of the United States (et al.) has seemed more preoccupied with the events in the Middle East than he is with the chaos occurring in our own backyard. Black men, just like him, are being forced to live in fear of being terrorized and killed by police officers who walk around with impunity. I understand that the President is not the president of “Black America” and all that jazz, and that is absolutely true. But when your own house is in disarray, there needs to be a renewed focus on what’s going on here. Isn’t this what the Secretary of State is for? Let John Kerry handle ISIS for now. At the moment, the people who pay taxes and seek to live with liberty and for the pursuit of happiness here need their fearless leader. We need the President to set the tone for executive leadership. We need him to be strong and decisive, even in such a tense situation. We need action, not sympathy. Mr. President, this is your house, and those who represent you – cops – are crooked. They are just as bad as ISIS and are a hell of a lot closer. Quit turning the other cheek and fix it.
Here are two letters I sent, one to the President, and one to Hank Johnson, US Rep for the 4th District of Georgia.
Dear Mr. President,
I have always been your supporter. When America elected you as its leader, I felt the heavens open up. However, the recent events in Missouri have dampened that aura. So, I’m going to lay it down, Morehouse Man to Morehouse Man. I am bothered at the fact that your professional attention has been paid to ISIS and not to the events in your backyard. The police officers of this country operate in corruption, and I know that you aren’t the President of “black America,” but if we ever needed you to speak up, this is the time. I understand Atty Gen Holder has done his best in the matter, but things need to change. YOU are the head of the executive branch. How can you be so concerned about what’s happening across the street when your own house is messed up? Black men in America are being terrorized by those people who have been charged with protecting and serving. Who are we to depend on when we fear walking down the street, shopping in a Wal-Mart, eating Skittles, etc? What shoulder can we cry on? Where are you, Mr. President? What happened to your audacity? We, the black men of this country, need you to set the tone for law enforcement in this country. We need you to set the tone for fatherhood and masculinity. I know that the issue is complicated, but you alone have the capacity to cause change from the top down. It’s not Congress this time that needs to act. It’s you who we look to.
Your Faithful Supporter
Dear Rep. Johnson,
I am a new resident here. I just began my tenure as a PhD student at Emory, studying literature. I am also an alumnus of Morehouse College, but am originally from Texas. I am writing to you because I am concerned about the President’s response to the events in Missouri and also what you are doing to address the issue of police brutality and profiling of black men in this country. I am an avid supporter of the President, but I am concerned that the White House is more concerned with events across seas than the chaos in our own home. It bothers me and frightens me, as a black man, that the leader of our country does not offer a shoulder to cry on or a strong arm against such oppression. What are you doing on your end to address the issue in our district here in Georgia? How can you work with state officials and city officials – and the President – to ensure that we can trust our law enforcement officials once again? Are you a human being, or are you just a lazy Congressman, like the rest of the lot we pay?
I’m not afraid to show these letters or to ask critical questions of our elected representatives. We should all communicate with our reps. Not that they’re going to lift a finger to help if it’s not financially fruitful, but hopefully, they at least listen. There is power in numbers.