Dear Editor:

An open letter to President Obama.

You asked me to imagine life as a black man, and you told me about your own experiences.

I now ask you to imagine life as a short white woman. I have felt apprehension, even fear, at being alone in an elevator with a person, or group, regardless of color or ethnicity. My reactions have had much to do with others’ demeanor, with behavior.

I might have locked my car door or walked behind the mall security officer in your presence before you became a senator, or before you changed your behavior and image from a pot smoking kid to a shirt and tie wearing campaigner.

My request to you is for words and actions stemming from both sides of your heritage. Please teach all the citizens of this country and lecture to none.

Ann McCoy Harold


This story was posted on August 1, 2013.

2 Responses to Teach

  1. littledrummerboy

    August 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    wait a second. did you just try to equate your low self esteem with the legacy of oppression suffered by black americans throughout our history? i wish i could tell what your point is.

  2. Dillard Jenkins

    August 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Ann McCoy Harold was once a staff member to former senator Wayne Allard who retired in 2008. I think her point is, Ann will do the lecturing about her fears.