An Open Letter to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo

A letter I delivered to Senator Mike Crapo's office. I also wrote similar letters to Jim Risch and Mike Simpson.

November 16, 2016

The Honorable Mike Crapo

251 East Front Street, Suite #205

Boise, Idaho 83702

Dear Mr. Crapo,

I am somewhat embarrassed to say that in my 50 years of life I have never had the occasion to write to my elected representatives before today. But, as you know, these days are not typical for our country.

I am deeply concerned about the growing violent and abusive actions in our country directed toward African Americans. Our collective disease from 400 years of slavery, injustice, and domination is coming out of hiding and to the mainstream. In no place is the legitimizing of bigotry more clear than in the nomination of White Supremacist Steve Bannon to be the Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to President-Elect Trump.

I am a Caucasian, Christian, heterosexual male like you are; so I’m not too concerned about my own well-being in a culture of white-supremacy. However, I wanted to introduce you to another person that you have been elected to represent – my 14-year-old daughter, Tatiana. (I have attached a picture of her so that you can put a face to the name). Tatiana was in many ways very naïve about issues surrounding her African American decent before last week. But the growing vitriol in our country has forced us to have conversations about her safety and the new reality of what it means to grow up black in our country.

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I know that White House staff positions, unlike cabinet and other executive-branch appointments, are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. However, your willingness to go on record as being against the appointment of White Supremacist Steve Bannon would send a message both to our President-elect and to Tatiana of the deep value of equality that we share for all citizens of our country.

You have shown courage in standing up against our President-elect in the past so I am optimistic that you will continue to be a person of conscience going forward. This morning I made a contribution to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in honor of your name. I choose to be hopeful that you will be collaborating with them to make sure that Tatiana has a bright future in our country.

Most Sincerely,

The Reverend Dr. Dana Robert Hicks

Senior Pastor

CrossPoint United Methodist Church

Boise, Idaho

Dana Hicks