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Open letter to Joe Biden (Don’t go halfway)

I just sent the following to Joe Biden via his campaign website (https://go.joebiden.com/page/s/contact-us).

June 9, 2020

Dear Vice President Biden,

The U.S. stands at a moment of opportunity to make real and lasting change. We must work to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy. You feel it, the momentum. I can tell that you feel it as I watch you speaking. As a white person of great privilege, as you journey toward the election and beyond, please make sure that you are listening carefully and thoroughly to people of color. Make sure that your circle of close advisors includes people of color, specifically Black Americans. Listen well. Listen well. Do what you can. Do what you can inside yourself, and outside yourself.

You stand to bring humanity back into the White House. I hope you will.

Please read this really, really important book: My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem (read more and order it here: https://www.resmaa.com/books/). Resmaa Menakem writes about the trauma that racism inflicts upon bodies, specifically Black, white, and police bodies. We Americans all carry racial trauma in our bodies, and until we work through and resolve that terrible condition, we won’t have real, lasting change.

What a beautiful opportunity we have right now.

Please don’t go halfway.


Rebecca Kuder