Letter To Barack Obama

Topics: African American, Barack Obama, Democratic Party Pages: 5 (959 words) Published: March 18, 2016
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Barack Obama,
I, Malcolm Little, am writing to you on behalf of the community of people of color. There are many pressing issues in the United States of America concerning inequality for minorities. I would like to specifically address issues concerning African Americans and Pan-Africanism, the current War on Drugs, and also educational empowerment. Before I tackle the matters above, I would first like to confess to a disorderly behavior I engaged in a long time ago. There was a time that a white college girl came into the restaurant I was in wanting to help the Black Muslims and the whites get together—​and I told her there wasn't a ghost of a chance and she went away crying. I've lived to regret that incident. In many parts of the African continent I saw white students helping black people. Something like this kills a lot of argument. I did many things as a Black Muslim that I'm sorry for now. I was a zombie then—​like all Black Muslims—​I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. Well, I guess a man's entitled to make a fool of himself if he's ready to pay the cost. It cost me 12 years (Parks, Gordon). Now, Mr. President, whether you knew it or not (but I’m sure you were very aware of) you were an icon for Pan-Africanism coming into the 2008 election. The anticipation for the first African American president uplifted the whole country in euphoria. Promises filled the air and hope was more alive than it had been for a long time in the African American community. Unfortunately, there have been disagreements amongst the Republican and Democrat parties, and among American citizens on how equality for Blacks can be reached. There have also been absurd questions about whether Blacks are even disadvantaged! I understand that these bumps in the road haven’t allowed you to pass some of your policies and have slowed progress toward African American success, which is unfortunate because as an advocate for Pan-Africanism, I was hoping that your views on the topic would manifest during your time as President. I encourage you to push a Pan-Africanism agenda to motivate more independence and social, political, and economic progression inside the community of African Americans. If such a thing were to happen, I believe that it would invigorate all people of African descent globally and the sense of euphoria that came with your first election run will continue to prevail. Regarding the War on Drugs currently going on in America – who are the beneficiaries? It certainly is not the hundreds of thousands of Blacks being put in prison at a disproportionate rate to their white counterparts. Especially in the last generation, the percentage of Black individuals in prison has increased drastically. It has been reported that 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans admit to using an illicit drug. And while there are 5 times as many Whites using drugs as African Americans, African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites (NAACP). Why does the War on Drugs seem to primarily target African American men and women? There even came a point in the past where there were more Black men incarcerated than there were in college – 781,600 to 603,032 respectively (Painter). This is an issue I recommend both Democrats and Republicans put their differences aside and address. And instead of looking at issues like this as “civil rights” affairs, they should be confronted as “human rights” affairs. That puts it on a different platform that views it as a problem to be taken care of as a whole nation, not just locally – making it a more urgent matter, as it should be (Malcolm X Speaks 33-35). Despite the above obstacles Blacks have been encountering in the past, they have seen major increases in current college enrollment. College enrollment rose by 68% for African American women and...
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