Teen’s letter should renew calls for action on violence

Malik Bryant, a 13-year-old Englewood boy made only one wish in a letter to Santa last year: “All I ask for is for safety, I just wanna be safe,” he wrote. In response, the White House sent a letter from President Barack Obama that said, “Please know your security is a priority for me in everything I do as President.” The boy also sat near the first lady during the State of the Union address. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

“Let’s not get it twisted. It is indeed amazing that the President of the United States not only responded to a poignant letter 13-year-old Malik Bryant wrote to a Christmas charity, but invited the youth to watch the State of the Union address in the first lady’s box on Tuesday. The letter and presidential gesture put Englewood youth in the news for something good. That’s always a good thing.” ~ Mary Mitchell Chicago SunTimes Writer

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