In 2016 I wrote to President Obama in regards to black lives matter, I had major issues with friends of mine being persecuted by the color of their skin and really wanted to get the President’s opinion, a few months went by and I actually got this email response:
Dear Matt: Thank you for writing. America has made great strides toward racial equality in recent decades—I’ve seen that play out in my own life. But our progress is not inevitable. At every stage in our history, it has depended on people who acknowledged when we did not live up to our highest ideals and worked to fulfill the promise that we are all created equal. As President of all Americans, it is my duty to speak out on behalf of those who suffer injustices. And as citizens, we all have a responsibility to build a fairer and more inclusive future.Too many of our communities continue to battle chronic poverty, unemployment, isolation, and a basic lack of opportunity. These problems have consequences that reverberate through our society and in the lives of individual families. It is up to each of us to lead in our communities and to ensure that all levels of government are working to revitalize our neighborhoods, improve our schools, and ensure that success in this country is dependent on the dreams and will of our people, not their zip codes or their skin color. By recognizing our common humanity and treating every person as important, we can make opportunity real for all Americans.This starts by acknowledging that centuries of racial discrimination—of slavery, subjugation, and Jim Crow—didn’t simply vanish with the end of lawful segregation. Study after study shows disparities in how African Americans and Latinos are treated in various jurisdictions around our country. If we’re honest, most of us have heard prejudice in our own heads even if we do our best to guard against it and to teach our children better. These conscious and unconscious biases remain embedded in our institutions.In addition, we should all be able to agree that more work is needed to improve relations between law enforcement and communities across our country, especially communities of color. No parent should have to worry about their child being treated unfairly—or even harmed—because of the color of their skin. No officer’s family should have to worry about their loved one making it home at the end of a shift. These fears and frustrations cannot simply be dismissed as political correctness. When people say that black lives matter, that doesn’t mean that other lives don’t matter—it just means that while all lives matter, right now the data show a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. My Task Force on 21st Century Policing put forward 59 concrete recommendations on how we can build better trust and respect between communities and law enforcement officers, and we are engaged with cities and towns across America to encourage them to put these proposals into practice. And we continue to fight to build a smarter, fairer, and more effective criminal justice system in our communities, courtrooms, and cell blocks.We started the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps and tear down barriers that too often prevent our young people, including boys and young men of color, from realizing their full potential. Solving these problems will take sustained effort from all of us, and they won’t be fixed if we only pay attention when tragedy strikes. There are some who seek to divide us by focusing on the most extreme incidents and painting entire groups with the same broad brush. To break this dangerous cycle, we must be able to talk openly and honestly beyond the comfort of our own circles. Although protests can be hijacked by an irresponsible few, the vast majority of those who advocate for change are peaceful. And although the pace of progress can be slow, the vast majority of Americans are good and decent folks eager to open their hearts. With each generation, things get better because our fellow citizens challenge us to be better. If each of us makes an effort—no matter how hard it may sometimes seem—consciences can be stirred, consensus can be built, and change can be realized.Again, thank you for writing. There is no greater form of patriotism than championing the belief that America is not yet finished and a brighter future lies ahead, and I hope you will continue to commit both thought and action toward the solutions needed in your community. Sincerely, Barack Obama
On March 22nd, 2020 I decided to write an email to President Trump. It was in regards to his wife making a compassionate video statement in regards to the corona virus. I asked that he pass along a word of thanks to her. I also hurled veiled insults because 45 will never be my potus by calling him a unique individual that can’t seem to catch a break and ended my email that the fed stimulus package of a one time payment of $1200 just isn’t enough. Co-workers of mine said I was an agitator and wouldn’t get my $1200. well I did. But then I am white, a citizen and far from rich.
Instead of months later on March 23rd I got this response from the White House.:
March 23, 2020
Thank you for contacting the White House. We are carefully reviewing your message.
President Donald J. Trump believes the strength of our country lies in the spirit of the American people and their willingness to stay informed and get involved. President Trump appreciates your taking the time to reach out.
For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, its common symptoms, and measures you can take to prevent its spread, please visit www.coronavirus.gov.
Sincerely, The Office of Presidential Correspondence
Not the same and ridiculously impersonal, I wonder if I would get a different response if I mentioned that I contracted the virus ? Some how, i doubt it.
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Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online.
Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence:
Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts.
His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999.
Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.
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