Letter to the Attorney General

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Three cheers for SLJ senior Malik James who interned last summer in Loretta Lynch's office. Check out this letter he wrote to her this week (posted below) upon learning that she'd been sworn in as Attorney General. Malik, you never cease to amaze us!

Good evening Ms. Lynch,

My name is Malik James, and I am a high school senior at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, across the street from the Brooklyn office. You may or may not remember me, but I was one of the four summer interns from last year; I'm the one that took printer inventory for the I.T. department. If you still don't remember, it's okay. I just wanted to pass along a few words.

First, congratulations! I can't truly explain in words how happy I am for you. The only reason I've been so ecstatic since President Obama's nomination announcement until now (160 long days later) is because even before A.G. Holder announced that he would step down, I quietly believed that you would become the Attorney General of the United States, at some point in time; I wanted to tell you this while I was taking printer inventory in your office, but I was too nervous. I held onto that dream for you even after I left the office, and when A.G. Holder announced his resignation, I knew it would only be a matter of time until President Obama would nominate you. And how proud and excited I was, when I came home from school to the "breaking news" report that you had been selected to succeed Holder. It was perfect - and today, my wish for you has come to fruition. I am so happy for you! And I'm happy that I was right too, haha.

Truth be told, you are a role model to me and one of my biggest inspirations. Nowadays, for a young black male, there aren't that many people I can look up to. But you, along with President Obama, NBC anchor Lester Holt and some others, continue to inspire me every day. I am an aspiring FBI Special Agent, but that's only my short-term career goal. In the long-term, I'll be the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District, Attorney General of NY/the United States and, eventually, the President of the United States. Indeed, I intend to follow in your footsteps. I hope you know that there are many other young people like me who who look up to you.

To set my goals into action, I plan on attending Nazareth College to obtain my B.A. in Legal Studies (Criminal Justice track), and Syracuse University College of Law to obtain my Juris Doctor; I've already been accepted to both institutions via a special, accelerated academic program.

Today's Senate confirmation and your ascension to the Attorney General's Office of the United States is nothing short of historic. As the first African-American woman to become A.G., I want you to know that you are a trailblazer - you're in the same class as those that came before me to ensure that I'd have equal rights. Today, there is still work to be done to ensure that all American citizens are truly equal - no matter how much someone may say it, we aren't truly equal as of yet, as the fatal clashes between police and young men/women of color have not stopped. With the DOJ's recent scathing report on Ferguson's corrupt justice system, I know that there is much work cut out for you and your Office. However, I have never been more hopeful than I am today that positive change will be brought about in the racially distressed cities of this country. A.G. Holder was and still is a good man, but I have more faith in you because of your distinguished record, your indomitable will, your proven intellect and your comforting humility. You are so deserving of this job.

Thank you for all you have done for the Eastern District. I wish you the best in Washington. I know that the politics down there can get very nasty, but I encourage you to stay strong and stay centered in who you are. They cannot change you. Ignore the comments from the conservative pundits on Fox News - they have nothing better to ramble on about. Oh! But who am I, a high school senior giving advice to the new Attorney General of the United States? Loretta, you already know what to do.

I wish you all the best! May God bless you and your family, and may God bless the United States of America.

Malik James