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Video: Obama responds to black teen’s ‘I Just wanna be safe’ Christmas letter

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This 13-year-old boy knew how to get President Obama’s attention this Christmas.

Malik Bryant, who lives in a high-crime neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side with his single mom and sisters, wrote a letter for a local annual Letters to Santa program via the public schools, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

He was one of about 8,500 kids who participated in the program.

Flagged for his wish to be safe, his letter  made its way – through Democratic Rep. Michael Quigley – to the White House. 

The letter said:

“Dear Santa: I would like to ask you sum[thing] but first Imma tell you about me. Im a black African American … My favorite subject is math. I have 2 siblings living with me and I’m the only boy on my Moms side of my family. But anyway all I ask for is for safety. I just wanna be safe.”

On Saturday, he received a response dated Dec.22. by way of certified mail, the Sun-Times reported.

It was addressed to Mr. Malik Bryant and signed by President Barack Obama:

Dear Malik:

I want to offer you a few words of encouragement this holiday season.

Each day, I strive to ensure communities like yours are safe places to dream, discover, and grow. Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President. If you dare to be bold and creative, work hard every day, and care for others, I’m confident you can achieve anything you imagine.

I wish you and your family the very best for the coming year, and I will be rooting for you.


Barack Obama


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