December 30th, 2016 by Angela McMillan

Dear America

My name is Angela McMillan. I am a private citizen and non-media affiliated. I am a 44 year old, bi-racial, college educated woman and one of the 60.1 million americans that voted for and elected Donald J Trump as our 45th American President.

I am writing this letter for several purposes. One is to perhaps shed some light and help to shed some light and relieve some of the shock and bewilderment of those who did not support Mr Trump. Another is to plead with those same people to take a moment and reflect on why and how this election is being referred to as the greatest political phenomenon of our lifetime. Finally, to show how this has created a renewed or even newfound faith and love for our democratic process.

I cannot speak for everyone, nor am I arrogant enough to say that anyone should feel or think as I do; I only want to impart to you my side of the story.

I was born and raised in a very poor, not always safe, neighborhood in the city of Chicago. My family was poor and for a large part of my childhood dependent on public assistance. My
(white )mother, having only a GED, and three young children had few job options. However, both my Mother and (Mexican-american)Step-father were extremely active in the local political community. They worked and the Uptown Coalition advocating for the underserved and disadvantaged people of the community. I remember even as a young girl, “canning” or collecting donations to help support the campaign for Harold Washington, who became Chicago’s first black Mayor, who was elected the year after Mayor Jane Byrne was boycotted at the cities largest summer festival costing her millions of lost revenue in protest of her questionable hiring practices. I was raised in a highly democratic atmosphere. And honestly, adopted many of the values the democrat party holds. Yet, as I grew older and watched the world around me, i quickly lost that innocent blind faith in our political system. I felt that my voice was lost amongst millions of others and that no matter how loud we shouted no one heard nor responded to the needs of growing concerns of the people. Politicians seem to become more and more inaccessible and limited to the wealthier population.

I had my first child when I was 23. and having only a high school education, it was a struggle. I made a decision to take my future into my own hands. I decided to go back to school and earn a degree. I worked Full time nightshift and weekends whilst attending school full-time during the week. I earned my nursing degree and began my career with a bright future ahead of me. As a registered nurse, I earned a fairly decent wage once I had a couple years of experience under

Read more of this article »

Posted in Personal Notes Tagged with: , ,