My Open Letter to Donald Trump

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06:  Donald Trump attends the 2015 Hank's Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links Ferry Point on July 6, 2
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Donald Trump attends the 2015 Hank's Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links Ferry Point on July 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

You say that black youth have "no spirit." When, may I ask, is the last time you sat down and chatted with a group of young black people, or any young people of color? Not in advancement of your own agenda, but in advancement of the collective good.

Our spirit is strong, despite the many -- including you -- who choose to try and break it. Hear this from a 17-year old social activist who, along with many other spirit-filled black youth, is sick and tired of you trying to break us: We will not be broken.

As swiftly and urgently and strongly as the Latino community came out to deflect your attacks, so shall black youth and the countless others who laugh at your every word. We will not stand for your ignorance. You've proven that ignorance knows no wealth bracket.

I must thank you, though, for being so overt in your racism and classism. We know where you stand. More importantly, we know where we stand. Our spirit will knock you off that self-imposed pedestal. Our spirit will not allow you to disparage black youth or any communities of color.

You see, Mr. Trump, we have spirit. You and others like you will feel the full force of that spirit. We have nothing to prove to you, but we owe it to ourselves -- to our country -- to not allow your voice to continue to ring with such hate and ignorance.

I vote in the next presidential election, as will many other black youth who have increasingly exercised their right to vote over the past decade. Let me say that again -- black youth are exercising their right to vote. Rest assured, our spirit will help ensure your presidential run doesn't get past the "also ran" point.

-Jade