Children Pen Down Letters to Trump As an Appeal for Kindness
In the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking victory as president-elect, parents have tried to convert the bitter and divisive impact of the fiery election into a positive, learning experience by urging their children to write letters to Trump in a bid to appeal him to show some kindness towards individuals, regardless of their sex, caste, creed, color and nationality.
In a time when most kids nowadays pen down letters only to their favorite Santa and an occasional thank you note to a distant relative, the same kids writing letters to Trump only indicates how much the election has affected even the youngest members of the society.
— GioLovesYou (@GioLovesYou) November 20, 2016
It all started after the Election day, with Seattle homemaker, Molly Spence Sahebjami creating a facebook group by the name of “Dear President Trump: Letters from Kids On Kindness”. Sahebjami believed that there were plenty of parents who didn’t know how to explain each and every aspect of the election to their kids, especially since children tend to understand everything by logic. This obvious dilemma faced by Sahebjami and many other parents spurred her to come up with a unique solution that involved allowing the kids to get their voice known by making a personal appeal to the president-elect himself. The group, at present, has 10,000 members.
— Leah Fabiano-Smith (@leah_fabiano) November 24, 2016
The rules to enter the coveted group are simple. One has to be under the age of 18, have a strong opinion on kindness and be a productive communicator. The whole idea was for the little kids to explain Trump about the significance of being kind to others, despite the fact that they may be different from him.
According to Sahebjami, certain things that Trump said during the campaign were unnecessarily caustic and aimed at persecuting specific groups of people, and that those things did nothing to give him a leverage over his competitor, Hilary Clinton. Sahebjami, whose family is of Iranian descent, strongly disapproved of Trump’s foul opinions in the course of the campaign but the final tipping point came when her son, studying in kindergarten, expressed concern over some offensive things Trump had said about Muslims. That is when the resident of Seattle put her foot down and decided to start a Facebook group consisting of supporters who weren’t afraid to appeal for kindness from the President-elect.
— Beth Bernstein (@SQNevents) November 10, 2016
Many of the letters do prove Sahebjami’s point, as they mention quite a few of the groups Trump had insulted during the campaign.
One letter shared by a parent asked Trump to be a President of all Americans, including his lesbian, gay, Hispanic and African-American friends. Another letter written by a little boy requests Trump to be a good president and be kind to his family members as they are good, despite belonging to “a special religion”.
A 13-year old girl’s letter congratulates Trump, while telling him frankly how his method of campaigning has hurt her and how he has disrespected her as a woman. The letter ends on a hopeful note, asking him to be kind, and prove her wrong by being a just leader.
— Lara (@larahollingswor) November 17, 2016
Parents have been encouraged to capture snapshots of their kid’s letters and share them on microblogging sites by using a common hashtag, #kidsletterstotrump. Only time will tell whether these letters have any impact on Trump at all, but one thing is for sure, they do send a well-deserved message of peace and hope across America after the fiery elections this year.
What do you think of these kids’ appeal for kindness? Share your thoughts in the comments.
More in Trending
These Real Catfish Stories Will Make You Want To Delete All Your Social Media Accounts
We live in an interconnected world where it isn’t uncommon to develop friendships online with total strangers. Some people have met,...Dec 13, 2017
These Parents Can’t Afford Their 10 Kids, But They’re Trying For #11 Anyway
Can you imagine how hard it is to get 10 children up, ready for school and out the door? That’s a...Dec 8, 2017
Human Chain During Hurricane Harvey Saves Elderly and Goes Viral
Tropical storm Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of Texas residents homeless. Roads became flooded making them dangerous and unsafe. In Houston,...Sep 3, 2017
Indonesian Slum Transformed into Rainbow Wonderland Through Paint
A splash of color has changed the slums of Indonesia’s Kampung Pelangi village into a Rainbow Village — and burgeoning tourist attraction. The...Jun 3, 2017
Chemical Attack Victim, Kassem Eid Slams CNN Anchor
Kassem Eid was among the survivors of 2013 chemical attack in Syria, which is popularly known as the Ghouta chemical attack...Apr 10, 2017
Emma Stone Can’t Make It to Prom
Jacob Staudenmeier, a student from Arizona, has made an epic prom-posal to Oscar award winner Emma Stone. The prom-posal dubbed by...Apr 8, 2017
‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Documentray Trailer Is Out Now
“He wanted fame. And then when he got it, he didn’t want it”. These were the words of filmmaker Matt Amato...Apr 6, 2017
Pepsi’s New Ad Featuring Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash On Social Media
The latest ad of Kendall Jenner for Pepsi may have just conveyed a wrong message for viewers. On Tuesday, April 4, the...Apr 5, 2017
Teen Accepted by 8 Ivy League Colleges
Ifeoma White-Thorpe has yet to decide which Ivy League school will she go to. After learning about the eighth acceptance letter,...Apr 5, 2017