MY Open Letter to Black Trump Supporter Patrick D. Hampton in Response to Letter to LeBron James

Dear Mr. Hampton,

This may be a complete waste of time, as you are a Donald Trump supporter, which fascinates me as you are a black man. That does not mean you are not allowed to support who you choose, but Trump has made it more than clear as to what he feels about people of color, and not in any uncertain terms. So I cannot imagine on what level any black man with some years on him could find something in which to support Trump, or even how certain things were not deal-breakers to you.

I won’t call you “coon” or “Uncle Tom.” I don’t have to. I can’t stand those terms anyway.

You start your letter to LeBron James by saying that LeBron does not speak for you. You are correct; he does not.

However, there are many he does speak for. Of course, there would be a few who do not agree with his statements, or at least have not had enough run-ins with police to have any idea as to what it’s like. That sounds like where you are.

You go on to say that it is your responsibility as a father to protect and serve your children. Correct. I have two children myself. Yes, it is our jobs, as we are the authorities and heads of household.

You continue to say that police are needed where fathers and law and order are absent. I can agree with that. Police sometimes do have to move in and unofficially account for what lacks in an absent father, especially in certain neighborhoods and communities.

You are correct to say that police are having a hard time gaining compliance with fatherless boys. You then proceed to say that “they refuse to sit down, be quiet and comply. “Why? Because the police are the first men to tell them NO and assert their authority. These boys have spent years under no one’s authority…”

Let me stop you right there.

A few things are wrong with this statement.

First off, my mother was a single mother who raised four of us. Our father was in and out of the picture. Your statement about authority not existing is a slap in the face and utter disrespect to all the single black mothers out there who bust their asses, just as my mother did, to take care of us and whose authority DID work. So to say that they have “spent years under no one’s authority” is nonsense.

Who gave birth to you, Mr. Hampton? Remember that she is the same woman you are disrespecting by saying authority “doesn’t exist” just because a man isn’t present. Every single black woman out there isn’t as worthless as you imply just because men are not there. My mother damn sure isn’t. There are success stories of black men all over the place who grew up without fathers, because their mothers held it down.

I’m aware that you said “first men to tell them no,” but what you fail to understand is that just because some random older, white man tells something to a black teenager or young man, they do not have to listen just because they did not have a father figure. Not to mention the fact that these black teens and young men would usually not have to be afraid of their fathers murdering them upon not following orders or house rules.

You continue to say “Me and my boys are not terrified of the police because we respect the police and their authority.”

So here’s my question. Do you know for certain if Botham Jean respected authority? How about Breonna Taylor? I would suggest that you ask them, but right…they were both murdered while in their homes.

They were not messing with anyone. They were not on the streets selling dope. They were not bumping “F**K The Police!” from stereo systems.

They were at the house.


One was having ice cream.

The other was asleep.

No warrants out for either of their arrests.

Can you guess as to whether or not these two respected police authority?

I respect police authority. Is that going to be enough to ensure that I do not end up one day as Botham Jean and Breonna Taylor did?

Well, if it was, then it would have never happened to them; now would it?

You say, “That’s because they first had to respect me as their father and accept my authority.” Again, I ask about Botham Jean and Breonna Taylor. Do you even know about their childhood situations and whether fathers were present in their homes? Do you know for certain as to whether fathers were present in their homes?

No. You don’t. And I’m pretty sure you have not researched it.

You say, “We are terrified of the black men that kill each other in their black neighborhoods every day.”

So are we, Mr. Hampton. We all care. Many have spoken out about it. I know that you and other Trump supporters cover your eyes and ears to that, but we are concerned with that as well.

However, as we have had to repeat countless times; we should not have to fear the very same thing coming from police officers, who are charged with protecting and serving our communities, as we do from that drug dealer standing on the corner.

Drug dealers and other black criminals don’t take an oath.

Police do.

Drug dealers and other black criminals do not have registered firearms, vehicles, nor are they responsible for reading handbooks, participating in weapons training, rules of engagement and other training on how to deal with citizens.

Police do.

Mr. Hampton, you have four sons. While age is not mentioned, I believe it is safe to assume that the young man behind you and to your right is your oldest, as the child directly to your left is your youngest.

Do you expect the same from your oldest son as you do your youngest? I believe it safe to assume the answer to that is no.

This is why the “Black-on-Black crime” argument needs to be put to bed. There is no way you would discipline or expect the same from your youngest son as you do your oldest. That does not mean you do not care about how your youngest son behaves. It just means that different expectations exists, and certain things will happen with your youngest son that you would respond differently if it came from your oldest son.

That’s what this “Black-on-Black” stuff sounds like. We are expected to have the very same expectations of known criminals as we do sworn police officers. This is not sensible.

You tell LeBron James that if he “really wants to help fatherless boys like yourself, stop using fear tactics and guilt trips.”

How is James speaking the truth “using fear tactics” and “guilt trips”? How do you know what it sounds like to other people? Because in the reality that I and other black people who have no criminal records (yes, we do exist) live in, it sounds like the truth to me.

Did LeBron say anything that wasn’t true? I’m talking about something that is a flat-out lie. I don’t mean something you simply disagree with. I mean something that is UNTRUE.

The “fear mongering” is one of the anthems of Trump supporters, especially any time facts are presented about a situation that has led to catastrophic outcomes. Calling it “fear mongering” is a classic method you all use to dismiss what have been proven to be VALID concerns.

You mention “Equal Shared Parenting.” This is another issue entirely. Not to say it isn’t important, but you said he doesn’t speak for you, correct? So that means he’s okay to talk, as long as he mentions only what you want to hear and support? It’s okay for him to “speak for you,” as long as he supports the causes you support?

Come on now, Mr. Hampton. That’s a white person move. “Do whatever you want, as long as we approve it beforehand.”

You say, “Stop blaming the police and help build better fathers.” So let me ask you this; fathers not being present justify a policeman ignoring his handbook? His weeks of training? His oath? His rules of engagement in regard to discharging his firearm? I have a hard time making that connection. Because all that exists will exist, whether a father is present or not. I see that you did place sources in your letter. I would be interested in a source to state that policeman can ignore their training, oath and handbook upon a potential suspect not having a father figure. I’ve been asking for that one for quite a while.

You continue with, “Stop saying police need more training and train more dads and young black boys on the rule of law and police protocols.”

So you honestly believe that the initial training a police officer receives is sufficient for the duration of his career, which could be as long as 20-30 years? He should never need to be re-trained?

Now that does not sound logical, does it?

As for police protocols, I addressed those above. Again, help me and others to understand the protocols involved with the use of deadly force and when it is acceptable to shoot someone in the back seven times. I’m looking for doctrine, not opinions.

See, here’s the thing. While all that you said sounds great upon falling on the ears of white people who wish we would all just “stay in our place,” what is really shows is that you have not had nearly the experiences with police officers or even racism in general to be any kind of authority on what people like me (again, with no criminal history) have had to deal with in our lives.

What do you think this letter that you wrote to LeBron James means to racist white people who want us wiped off the face of the Earth? Do you think something like this will make one read and say, “OH DAMN…GUESS I CAN’T BE RACIST ANYMORE!”

It means nothing.

Will that letter make racist white people, to include cops, love black people all of a sudden?


Imagine being pulled over by police. They approach you with their hands on their pistols. They get nasty with you about speeding, having a busted taillight or something else you might not have been aware of. They tell you to show your license and registration. You reach for it and then BAM…they shoot you (in front of your sons) because they thought you were reaching for a weapon.

Letters like what you wrote to LeBron James do not “school” anyone.

All they do is make it easier for racist cops to continue to be racist cops.

While you boast in your letter about how you are a father to those four boys, racist cops will look at those boys and assume their father is a deadbeat or in prison. Then they will be treated accordingly.

Your letter to LeBron won’t change that.

I pray that you get this the easy way before one of your sons has to get it the hard way.

On your Facebook page, you posted on August 31 a picture of Tamarris Bohannon, with the following caption:

“Tamarris Bohannon, a black cop was killed in St. Louis. #BlackLivesMatter hasn’t said a word about this #BlackLife.”

As an “adamant follower of Christ,” where are your condolences? Prayers for the family? Prayers for his soul?” I am a Christian myself. That should be the first focus. Not on whether or not this group or that group did not say anything.

Black Lives Matter hasn’t said anything. Other than “a black St. Louis cop,” neither did you. So you’re doing the very thing you’re accusing us of.

You finish to say a few things, but I’ll address them one by one:

“There are millions of black and brown boys out there that are not being killed by police. They are alive and doing quite well. How? We obey the law.

Again…what exactly did Botham Jean and Breonna Taylor do wrong? And how do their families feel, knowing that there are “millions of black and brown boys out there not being killed by police”? Should they feel validated? Should they be accepting to the fate of their loved ones, you know, all because it “didn’t happen to millions of black and brown boys out there”?

Comply with police…”

Mr. Hampton, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but…we’re not slaves anymore. In fact, no one alive ever was. I mean, there are clearly a lot of folks out there who wish we still were, but those days are over. We don’t have to just “comply” just because some white man tells us to. We do have rights. On paper, at least, but still.

“…and if the police does something wrong or unethical, they live to fight in court and not the side of the road.”

Wait a minute…didn’t you just say for LeBron to “stop saying police need more training”? So there should be no “if the police does something wrong or ethical,” right? And if something is done wrong, they should receive more training. They get millions of dollars year for retraining. So obviously this is something that even they deem necessary.

Why would there be concerns or even the mention of “wrong” or “unethical”?

So by your own admission, police ARE capable of doing something wrong and/or unethical on occasion.

You mean murdering unarmed and innocent black men and women?

Good day, Mr. Hampton.


Robert People

Source: 41-year-old black man, father and veteran, living in Trump’s America

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18 Responses to MY Open Letter to Black Trump Supporter Patrick D. Hampton in Response to Letter to LeBron James

  1. James Perkins says:

    Than you for writing this to this guy. He needs a serious reality check. I agree with everything you wrote. His letter made me go to his page and sound off as you did. I also held back from calling him a coon; oh how I so wanted to. But belittling him wouldn’t be effective writing. Once again thanks for this letter. I hope he open his eyes before the police open them for him

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  2. Stephanie says:

    Atatiana Jefferson was looking out her window. Shot dead by police.


  3. Michael Daigle says:

    You generalize all white people in the same way this man had an issue with lebron generalizing all black people. Sir that is racism at its core. You have a problem with what one man or a group of men do so you condemn a whole race. There are those out here Mr People that judge people by what they do and not how they look and every day they are seeing people like you on the internet letting them know that even tho they believe things need to change ..that you are against all of us so what would someone with power like you look like. Ill tell you Mr. People. You will try to oppress white people because of your racist beliefs and ive been to prison so i know what that looks like. You are turning people against you that want to help and weather you like it or not it will be white people that signed these laws that will make the change. This is coming from my heart sir. Stop trying to make this white vs black. That is creating a war in this country. If thats what you want then be a man and just say it but dont try and pretend that you want protest that bring change. What you want is riots and looting and voilence.


    • pplscrt79 says:

      Incorrect. These are the white people it applies to, not all. And you have not said anything that I haven’t already heard. Being in prison doesn’t mean you understand what Black people experience on a daily basis. Most white people who have read this understand that this does apply to all. So I can’t help if you missed that.

      And I’m not looking for permission or validation to speak my mind. If you are not a racist person, then you would have no problem with people speaking up against it. If you do object, then I know what side you are on, and you do not EVER get to lecture me on how to respond. Have a good day.


  4. Dr. David Hurlic says:

    Once your child goes out into the world…..all bets are off. A parent can teach, be protective, give their child the benefit of their personal experiences, but no one controls the events out side of the home. It’s not a matter of being the type of parent that Patrick believes, but the recognition that there is an entity, a type of behavior that allows our police force to act a certain way when they interact with our community. And that… beyond Patrick’s teachings and methods. Progress with issues of discrimination, police brutality, and economic inequity, have been around for centuries. This issues can never be solved by one side of the equation, but by the oppressor. they must make a conscious decision. Unless the police recognize their role in our community issues and accept their role in this travesty…..we will continue to be caught in this outcome….and I believe that there are police that have tried a different approach and have accomplish great things though training, community outreach and the development of respecting all people, but it has to begin though training, training for more that weeks. We pray for our children’s safety and stress mutual respect, but most of all…..personal awareness….accountability and responsibility, because it takes two people….the police and our child or our neighbors, or our fathers. Dr. David Hurlic…JMHO 🤔✌️❤️


  5. Nadine Potkonjak says:

    You continue to miss the point. Good luck fixing a problem when you won’t admit that the problem is personal responsibility. Ms. Taylor (God dear her soul) was involved and had a history of supporting known criminals. Had she not allowed that in her life maybe she would be alive


  6. Phil Rosser says:

    Mr. People,

    I wish the website didn’t mention the Trump support. It is as relevant to Mr Hampton’s message as the kind of car he drives. This is not a Trump/Biden issue. This is not a race or injustice issue. White suburban kids burning down our cities is a product a good people letting our society raise their children for them. Mr Hampton’s words were a reminder to me (a white parent) about what is at stake.

    This is not Trumps America btw, it is yours and mine, regardless of who is in White House. Since when am I not accountable for my actions based on an individual who lives in a big house hundreds a miles away. Hes not a King. Every 4 years we do it all over again.

    If Mr Hampton believes the train (America) is on the right track and heading in the right direction, but the conductor was rude and crude to him personally in the past. Is Mr Hampton going to take it personal? Or overlook his own feelings for a greater cause. I’m sure Mr Hampton has disagreed with statements made by Mr Trump, as we all have. But if he likes the direction, he is not going to let his feelings get in the way of a country’s fate. He’s not voting for the most compassionate man of the year. He’s not voting for a wife or pastor. He’s voting for someone to drive a country. I think he has that right. Regardless of what you and I believe.

    So you don’t understand Mr Hampton’s politics and views. Ok that’s life. I don’t understand a lot of things people do. But for you to question his viewpoints because he’s not just like you??? This way of thinking is a product of our public education. It is a product of a society in which none of us can cope with being offended.

    Mr Trump has no filter. I think we all can agree on that. But just because he says things that aren’t political correct does NOT mean he hates an entire race of people. I don’t like rap music or the NBA. But I bet right now, you see that as me not liking an entire race of people. We are so scared to be uncomfortable that we don’t know how to function in a world that is not just like us. I am disappointed in myself for talking politics at all. If that is what you gleaned from Mr Hampton’s words, than we’ve missed the point.

    Mr Hamptons words encouraged me. They encouraged me to not forget how important it is I do my best while my children are in my home. Brown, white, purple, or green, this message transcends all the divisions that our society encourages us to be a part of.

    To your point about the cops knowing better than the criminals. Sure they do. But we have turned a blind eye to all of it. If all black lives really matter, and they do, why are the people taking away the most life being given a free pass. Because they (the criminals) don’t know better, I guess we should let them destroy more lives? Let’s riot because someone sees a story on Twitter that says police are executing minority’s in the street. Ok, then let’s also riot In gang territory where 50 times more death is being dealt. Let’s also riot when cops are needlessly murdered. The house is on fire my friend, and we are all arguing on who set the fire instead of putting it out. You either stand against ALL injustice or none of it.

    In a nutshell here is what jumped out at me while reading this letter.
    Actions have consequences. Children need strong parents or parent, not best friends. Accountability not excuses. Discipline matters. Respect matters. It must be taught. Tough (not popular) lesson need learned. Are these bad things?
    Life is terrible sometimes. Our children need to learn how to deal and cope with unpleasant, uncomfortable moments. Imagine, Mr Hamptons son is called for a foul in the last seconds of the championship game. He and everyone in the gym know it was a terrible call. How Mr Hampton reacts to that situation maybe the most important parenting he may ever do. Ya sure he can yell and cus at the ref. But that reaction teaches his son how to handle unfair situations and challenges. Parents with the “not my kids fault” attitude have created a culture of disrespect and no accountability.
    Before Mr Hampton wrote the first word, he knew the reaction that was coming back to him. But he’s not worried about winning a popularity contest. Mr Hampton is passionate about something. If you don’t agree, it’s ok. Most people who are offended by the writers words, were offended long before they started reading them. They saw the word Trump and decided to get mad. Or they read a few sentences that didn’t reflect them perfectly, while missing out on the meat of the message. I read this from a parent’s perspective, not a republican perspective. I want to be a better man, person and father. If you gave me 100 words of advice, 90 were inspiring and 10 were crazy, I refuse to get mad about the 10. I want to learn from the 90.

    We disagree Mr People. And that’s ok. Conversations like this force us to examine our beliefs. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

    Mr Hampton, thank you for the parental encouragement. Sincerely, Phil.


  7. Crystal Oliveira says:

    The Letter from Mr Hampton is respected by me 100%. I have a friend very successful African AMERICAN women, who said that if she would have listened to her family she would not have became the Chief Medical Director because growning up all her family talked about is how Blacks are treated different, and blacks dont have the same opinions as whites, she was called names by her own family because she believed that she can better herself, go to college and became better then complaining about what BLACK people dont get and became the person that gets it. WORDS FROM HER( IF YOU LISTEN TOO PEOPLE TELL YOU THAT WONT MAKE IT BECAUSE OF YOUR COLOR OVER AND OVER YOU WONT MAKE IT. SO STOP LISTENING AND I STARTED DOING!! WORDS FROM A STRONG BLACK WOMEN. So instead of blame anyone else look around find the problem and fix it…


    • pplscrt79 says:

      I stopped reading after, “I have a black friend.” Have a good day.


      • Phil says:

        Why do you have a comment section?? You can’t get by someone’s first sentence because you don’t like it? If you did, you would have seen praise given to a black success story. Even if it’s wasn’t a good story to you, people just read 2 open letters (one being yours) and decided to reply in your comment section. Sorry Crystal, you don’t speak or write exactly like Robert so your not worth the 30 seconds it took to read your words. Quick to judge. Isn’t that what white America does too much?? Get rid of or disable your comment section. For sure don’t try and better yourself or learn from what others have to say.


      • pplscrt79 says:

        Number one, don’t tell me what to do. Ever. I am not your slave and this isn’t pre-Civil Rights era. This is MY blog, so I will do what I see fit. Period.

        Two, I’m not entertaining someone who “has a black friend” as though that makes everything I said invalid. Done with it. I can have a conversation all day with people who respect me enough to listen without dismissing where I’m coming from. Those who do not will not get my energy.

        Now, if you don’t have anything of substance, move on. But you don’t have a say in what I do or do not do. End of story.

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  8. MsLadyJae says:

    I love strong free thinking folks


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