An Open Letter To All American Public Figures Of Color

To All American Public Figures of Color


The topic that I want to address in this article has been on my mind since Pres. Barrack Obama was elected president six years ago. It’s no secret that I was very much opposed to Obama becoming the President of the United States of America. It had nothing to do with race, it had everything to do with his public policies and his politics that went against my political ideologies.

But when he was elected I tried to put on a happy face and thought that if anybody could help the racial problem in America it would be he.

With a black American president, you couldn’t ask for a better public example to the minorities of America who feel like they were oppressed by the “man” or by the “establishment.” After all Barrack Obama, a man of color rose to the highest position a person can achieve in the world. A member of the racial minority became the “establishment.”

I was hoping that he would reach out to the racial minority and say something along the lines of “look, if I can do it you can do it. I went through many of the same problems you’ve been through and I made choices and I had a dream for my life. I made choices that would let me achieve my dreams. If I can do it, you can do it.”

I have been very disappointed in his lack of concern for the people of color that are still feeling oppressed and are still living in the inner cities with little hope and with little motivation.

This is not just an issue for Barrack Obama, but it’s an issue for every public person of color.

Now this same thought is occurring to me again after all these years now that Mia Love has been elected to Congress representing the 4th congressional district in the state of Utah. She is the first black woman Republican to serve in Congress.

I agree with her family values and with many of her political viewpoints and I hope that she is successful in promoting good family values and promoting good political legislation that would be a benefit to our district and a benefit to America.

What I also want to see her do is to reach out across the country to all the young people male or female of color and tell them “if I can do it you can do it.” She may not have sought out that responsibility. Barrack Obama may not have sought out for that responsibility, all the public figures of color may have worked so hard and been so focused that they didn’t seek out to get involved in the potential racial revolution.

Anyone who is successful should give back to their community. It was their community and their country that gave them the opportunity to be successful. We all owe our country gratitude. We are all blessed to live in America. We all should give back in whatever way we can.

In the case of a public figure of color I think that giving back by doing their part to educate the racial minority and inspire and motivate them. Let them know they have choices. Let these racial minorities know they can make a difference for good in society.

Why laid such a heavy burden upon these actors, athletes, entertainers, elected officials and other public figures of color? They worked hard and they achieve something great isn’t that example enough? This is a free country. If they think they have done enough then that’s their choice. What a legacy to know you helped make a difference in over coming the racial divide that plage’s different parts of our country.

I keep mentioning public figures of color but everybody should be involved in healing the racial divides that are throughout various parts of our society.

The biggest responsibility lies with public figures of color because most minorities are not going to want to listen to a successful public figure who happens to be white.

America has a very serious black mark on its history in regards to race. There was slavery and there was slavery and there was slavery and there was slavery! And then there was racism during the Civil War on both sides. During reconstruction there was racism. During the 1800s when the West was being settled the Chinese were severely discriminated against. The American Indians were almost exterminated in the name of manifest destiny.

Even as recently as a World War II the Army and other military branches segregated between white and black. Even when so many African-Americans came back from the war, every bit as much a hero as was their white counterparts, they were discriminated against

Thank heavens we finally live in a time where something can be done about it in a real way. I want more for America than just sociological evolution where the Presidency of America could not be denied a man of color. Think of the power that racial minorities could have if all the successful public figures of color advocated for them, inspired them and taught them how to avoid the pit falls and bad choices that could ruin their lives.

Public figures of color have a voice, a powerful voice. It’s up to them if they want to use it for good or for their own personal welfare.

The collective racial minority voice should be telling the young people of America that regardless of their race, be it Native American, Japanese, Vietnamese, African-American, Chinese or whatever other race they may be, they can be successful in life. They can achieve their dreams. These public figures of race achieved their dreams so can all young people in America.

All of the public figures of color have made very wise decisions to achieve what they have. The racial minorities need for these great public figures to tell them that they can also achieve their dreams.

To the hard-working and successful public figures of America, it’s times to give back and educate these kids while they still have a chance. Lend your voice to the fight against racism in a peaceful way and in a motivational way and in a way that encourages people to obey the laws, to make good choices, to stay in school, to have dreams and make those dreams come true. You did it, they can do it and you need to tell them that.

While Barrack Obama had one of the greatest opportunities ever given to a person in America to make a difference in the racial divides of America, he chose not to. The President still has two years left in his term he could still make a great difference in bridging the racial divide. Let’s put pressure on him to do so.

There are many men and women in Congress with different racial backgrounds, they should be encouraged to go out whether they are Democrat, Libertarian or Republican, and make a difference in America by breaking down racial walls. Go out and tell people of color that it’s not too late for them to make a difference in their life.

If the racial minorities hear from people of their own race or other minorities that they can make a difference in society think of how great the future of America would be? The message carries far more weight if delivered from public figures of color than it would from anyone else.

With Mia love being the first Republican black woman in Congress, she is in a very unique position to really make a difference throughout the nation. She was elected from a predominantly white district. However we have many minorities in our district such as Latin Americans, Asians, African-Americans and more.

I think that issue alone sends a message to the country that when a majority of well-educated white people sent someone like Mia Love to Congress we are not looking at the color of her skin we are looking at her as a candidate that we agree with.

She can appeal to both the racial minority and gender minority. I really hope she’ll take on that responsibility even though she may not have sought it out.

I’m a middle-aged white guy. I’m trying to do what I can which isn’t much. With health problems and the fact that I’m just a regular “Joe,” I have no influence on any community or on any ethnic group. Hopefully by putting “pen in hand” and writing a few words will make some difference.

If ever there was a time for a great groundswell to encourage prominent people of color in our country to be a good example and a good influence on the racial minority, that time is now!

Troy Wagstaff ©


%d bloggers like this: