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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