My friend David Thete, a young activist and organizer, wrote the following open letter to Donald Trump regarding the presidential candidate’s rally later this afternoon. Thete, who is soon bound for Morehouse College, is young, bright and extraordinarily passionate about justice and the fate of the youth. I’d love to see Mr. Trump take David up on his offer.
Dear Mr Trump,
I am writing to propose that you allocate the last 20 minutes of your upcoming event to Portland, Maine as a forum for youth to pose questions to you.
We are the up and coming minds of the world. As the next generation of policy makers, members of the work force and military, parents and voters, our voices and concerns are of utmost importance. By providing us with this time, you can signal to the larger community your readiness to take seriously America’s youth.
We propose this forum, neither to oppose your stated policies or support them, but simply to seek clarity and give you a chance to articulate views. Just like the wider voting base, we share concerns about education, health care, the environment, racial justice and so much more. Please consider giving us a chance to pose our questions and hear your response. We, like you, are really worried about the safety and well being of children in our country and the world.
We do not propose to oppose or agree with any of your presented potential policies or opinions. We want to give the youth a platform to ask you questions about the future of the United States, as well as the overall well being of the earth, and the people living here. And we hope to hear your message directed to the youth as a whole. The youth wants to sit down with you and your party, whether you find yourself elected or not, and come up with an agenda where we can improve basic living standard for the youth across the world.
Even if it is not at this event, please give us a chance to voice our concerns and discuss a logical way forward with you. As you are the father of five children, we know you have compassion for kids and that you dream of a better future for all of us.
We deeply appreciate the courtesy of a response and we look forward to the chance to meet.
Please enjoy your brief time in our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.