An Open Letter to The Family Court
War on Men & Family Through America’s Children
Dear Family Court,
My name is Royce White. I am a citizen of the United States of America. Born and raised in Minnesota, the 32nd state of the union. I am currently running as a candidate for United States Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district. I am writing this letter to draw attention to my experience with the family court as a man and father of 4 beautiful children. Given my current pursuits, I have every reason to steer clear of this issue and attempt to resolve it quietly. However I have come to the conclusion that something is gravely wrong with our family court system. I see an opportunity and have found the courage to address the court in this manner; forthrightly. There’s something to be gained for the public in hearing my testimony. Which ultimately is the real call to public service and leadership. It occurs to me that much of these family court matters take place behind a veil of secrecy. Sometimes in the interest of the child, sometimes in the interest of said parent(s). In this case, that same veil of secrecy provides cover for a court process, that has strayed from the onus on justice and the service of families.
“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry
This isn’t “rulers” in the traditional sense that Patrick Henry was referring to — But I tell you now, we are deep in a territory where the line is blurred between economic justice, child welfare and outright tyranny, within the family court system. It is certainly in a spirit of great frustration that I am driven to write in this open format. I do so not to disrespect the courts or judicial system, but to audit the health and integrity, in our rule of law as it stands on this day. I hope by accounting my own personal experience I can help contextualize the inception, trajectory and result, of a modern man caught in the reality of this system. Again, this is not to complain or abnegate my own responsibility in these matters, but to bear witness to what may in fact, and I believe is, a sign of a much bigger problem.
In accounting of my own personal experience here in this letter and of these matters… I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.
I want to start by saying that I love my children dearly. I’m in all of their lives. They know me intimately and I have paid child support for all of them when I have been able to. I want to reiterate ‘when I’ve been able to’. Not in some small amount either, usually thousands of dollars at a time. Which may not seem like much, but it certainly isn’t the standard for someone unemployed or the average working class citizen. Before I get into that history, I must say from the outset… Nothing is more punitive or degrading than having your own living, breathing children, leveraged against you to threaten your freedom. Especially in a purely economic sense. Nothing is better evidence that a hyper materialism has taken root in systemic fashion, than for The State to say that a father who spends time with his children, is better off in jail if he can’t pay an exorbitant amount of money. This is quite literally a bastardization of the fundamental nature between parent and child. It’s degrading to the children. It’s degrading to the sanctity of life and God. It’s a heresy and it defiles any claim of the court, to be working in a child’s best interest. To dismiss the value of a father’s spiritual and physical presence, diminishes both a man’s self-worth and the emotional bonds through which he should seek to raise up well children.This is counterintuitive to humanity.
Now let’s lay out the facts as they developed. These are the very real set of events that transpired, in the lead up to the current status of my child support case. Please bear with me as I know these details are boring and uninteresting, but I promise they are integral to understanding a corruption in our judicial system. First it’s important to know that 2 of my children live with me in my home. They have lived with me for most of their life. They are 11 and 8 years old. The current escalated court proceedings, that I’ll explain in a moment, don’t pertain to them in any way. Which should be noted for a later consideration. My youngest Son is 7. He does not live with me, but visits frequently. I am currently compliant and paid up on support obligations in that case. My oldest daughter who is 12 years old, is the single child in which the Ramsey County child support enforcement office, currently seeks to throw me in jail for not being able to pay money that I do not have. Not only do I not have it, but I never did.
A history lesson for the court and our audience. This all started back in 2013, after being drafted in the NBA. Around that time I was also court ordered to pay child support on a NBA salary. That child support was deducted or garnished directly from my paycheck. This happened every 2 weeks. The maximum amount was taken that could be taken, given my salary, under Minnesota statues. This was approximately $2500 from every paycheck. Which totaled close to $5000 per month. However, there is more to the story, as there so often is. My highly contentious and very public fight with the NBA is well documented. What isn’t well documented, is the economic penalty I endured to win that fight. And I do think it important and worthwhile to mention that in retrospect, the need for that fight, regarding mental health and mental health policy has been fully vindicated. It’s a fight that I won, whether the NBA wants to admit it or not. Unfortunately the merit of my fight was not taken into consideration in my family court case. In fact, I had a blind spot in the legal process that many young men have, with no previous experience in the legal system. Regardless of being a professional basketball player or any other profession that isn’t law. In 2014 after being traded to thePhiladelphia 76ers and then released, I was still being paid through the remainder of that season. My child support was still being deducted automatically from each paycheck. What I didn’t know was at the end of that season, when my contract was up and the NBA paychecks had stopped, legally it was on me, to inform the court of my change in employment status. A part of the process I had no clue about and I might add, seems a bit disingenuous to say the least, but I’ll expound on that shortly.
Without understanding the financial implications, I had begun to accrue arrears from a failure to pay support, based on the NBA salary I was no longer making. After a year of my own turmoil trying to salvage some relationship with the NBA, and hold them to account on promises that were made, I finally returned home to live in Minnesota. By the time I appeared in the family court, I was ambushed with a tone and attitude as though I had never paid a single dime.
I would end up spending 2015 and 2016 struggling with anxiety. Mostly stemming from my fight with the NBA and the fact that I was effectively being Blackballed by the league. The anxiety was debilitating at times. I had so much anger, confusion and uncertainty. That’s the golden recipe for anxiety. I had spells of panic attacks and even went through “Benzo sickness”, from a doctor prescribed anxiety medication. During this time I also had financial hardship, but the NBA level child support meter continued to run. On several occasions I went before the family court and was told I had the “potential”, to make $40,000 per month and that I was simply choosing not to work. Which wasn’t true in the least bit. In fact, it wasn’t even that I was unable or unwilling to play in the NBA due to anxiety, so much as the NBA wouldn’t give me a tryout. It wasn’t then not giving me a tryout that was wrong, it was why they wouldn’t. I knew too much and they feared what I would say. I was unwilling to compromise my position on their chameleonic, globalist ideology. I was unwilling to stay silent about the mental health crisis over the horizon. And it wasn’t the mental health crisis this liberal establishment has tried to pervert and promote. They said I was ‘too smart for my own good’. I said that depends on who you ask. God loves the truth all day, every day. THIS NBA THING IS ALL WELL DOCUMENTED.
Please continue to bear with me… Finally I set my visions elsewhere. I landed in Canada where I was able to at least make some money playing the game of basketball. It was a percent of a fraction of what I was expected to pay in child support. Nevertheless, my support was now modified based on my new Canadian salary. But there was a catch… by being in arrears, from the NBA level child support, it gave the county (Ramsey County), the ability to garnish 50 percent of my earnings. Which left me with virtually nothing. For 2 years I played this out in Canada, before making my exit and returning to Minnesota yet again in 2018. After winning 2 Championships, 1 MVP and 1 Scoring title… Which is of no importance other than I proved you can be greatly productive, and even elite, while dealing with anxiety.
In Minnesota at the end of 2017 and into 2018, I did my best to stay afloat, by taking speaking engagements in various communities. I spoke about the importance of mental health. It was something I had also done on and off over the years. It became very difficult at this time to maintain any consistency with child support payments. I was barely making enough from the engagements to take care of the people in my own household. Many times I offered to have my oldest daughter come stay with me, to help offset the costs of living and get by the old fashioned way — just making due. As so many Americans are forced to do in today’s economy. Or that Americans have been forced to do over the last 10 years… Over the past 100 years… Hell, people have always gotten by this way. It can be hard but we find a way to make it work.
What I didn’t realize is that the INTEREST that had accrued and was accruing from my earlier arrears, was actually just as much as the monthly support obligation itself. So every month I wasn’t able to satisfy the court ordered support, and the interest on arrears, the arrears was increasing exponentially. Basically I was paying to break even, not to settle the debt. Which was slowly increasing every month and then exponentially increasing the next month, as the interest grew. This is a RACKET.
Here’s where this matter stands as of today. This past summer I paid $10,000 over the course of an 8 week period. I was able to do this by playing in The BIG 3 basketball league. That employment however, is seasonal and during the pandemic lockdowns, we missed an the entire 2020 season. That really put me behind financially as so many others have become in the wake of inadequate Covid policies. In addition to that $10,000, I paid $2,000 in December 2021, from my professional MMA debut. Which was the complete and total amount I was paid for that work. That’s $12,000 total over the last 8 months. And this wasn’t the first time I’ve come up with a lump sum of money to satisfy a court obligation in this matter.
I am currently scheduled for a hearing on March 23rd, 2022, where a Ramsey County attorney has submitted a motion to revoke my stay of execution on a contempt of court, for non payment. The threat is to pay $6,600 or be put in jail. That is money I don’t have. I also recently paid $2000 in the car for my youngest son. For a grand total of over $20,000 in 8 months. I would just like to say that this type of misuse of our judicial system, is exactly what has brought America to her knees.
First, it would be completely inappropriate to use this form of punishment against ANY father or parent, given the harsh reality of the economic climate here in America. Secondly, I believe it’s important to differentiate fathers who are not involved with their children AT ALL, from fathers who ARE involved with their children but financially unstable. Third and finally, to threaten a father with jail time, who is both involved with ALL of his children and has managed to pay $20,000 in 8 months, is not only inappropriate, it’s predatory, tyrannical and counterproductive. Let me remind you that the average family in America can’t put together $500 cash in a crisis. The fact that I have been able to come up with such money is nothing short of a miracle. Should justice in America be dependent on miracles… or reason? I consider this misuse of the court and these proceedings to be a direct threat to my physical safety — which could in fact become the happenstance of an arrest warrant and unnecessary interaction with law enforcement. I consider this misuse of the court, to be a direct assault on the spiritual, mental and physical health of my children. Last but certainly not least, I consider this misuse of the court to be undermining justice and the American family at large.
I’m currently two months from the same or similar employment, that afforded me the ability to pay $10,000 just 6 months ago. Of what utility is it to jail somebody who has the clear prospect of gainful employment? Relatively lucrative employment at that. This has become a consistent practice, where the county attorney even harasses my employers about garnishments and payments, which could potentially sabotage the opportunity of said employment altogether. This has actually already happened on several occasions, where employers or potential employers have felt intimidated by Ramsey County attorney Scott Orey. So again, how could the court or this child support office, claim to be operating in the best interest of my children by throwing an active contributing parent in jail? What about the children in my own household? Does their livelihood not matter? What exactly is going on here? Do we have debtors jails here in America? The answer seems to be yes. But this gangster style shakedown of hard working fathers isn’t just about the money… there’s something far more sinister at work here. And as somebody who has been through it for 8 years, the spirit of this couldn’t be more clear to me; SATAN! Artifice! Artifice! Artifice!
What is this type of judicial action intended to do? What is it’s end goal? Again, I’ll reiterate here — how could the jailing of a parent who spends time with his children and has paid over $20,000 in child support, in last eight months, be rationalized as an action pursuing the safety and welfare of that child or children. This is not about my child or her well being. This is not about her other siblings. This isn’t even about her mother or mothers in general. This is about yet another government bureaucracy that’s out of control, with little oversight and restriction, that has seized the opportunity to exercise unethical procedure in the name of children and family. As an American citizen it not only offends me to the highest degree, but it is a perilous weight on the foot of our society. When I say the ‘foot’ of our society, I don’t mean to degrade the place of family in our societal hierarchy; quite the opposite. The family is the building block of community. Community is the cornerstone of America. It is the foundation upon which this republic stands. These kinds of systemic immoralities, on behalf of The State and governmental agencies, undermine the foundation and stability of America.
Why should I have to be mocked about seasonal employment by a county attorney? Why should I be told that Covid was ‘2 years ago’? And that the full season of income that I missed is just “unfortunate”? How is it the pandemic lockdowns, that we now understand to have had minimal impact on Covid outcomes, stopped me from working but had no effect on my child support obligations? If the government locked us down at the State level, why are all State and county agencies not commissioned to adjust their practices with regards to payment expectations and collections? Every other form of civic obligation was put on hold, because the ability to work was put on hold, FORCIBLY by fiat! But child support continues to go on unaltered? Why should I be brought before the court and told that the basis of my child support obligation, was calculated by a census done in the local job market, that suggested there was an attainable marketing consultant salary that averaged $80,000 per year? Why is it not on The State or county to prove such claims? If there is an abundance of upper middle class job opportunities, where are they? Why is it that one of my children has a $700-$800 monthly child support obligation and the other only $300? As though one child is not equal to the other… Or not even close to being equal. This culture of practices are obscene. The worse part is, they’re not out of the ordinary. In fact, they have become the overwhelming norm.
In my latest conversation with Ramsey County Attorney Scott Orey… I called to simply inquire about the status of my upcoming hearing. “This hearing is a motion to revoke your stay of execution for contempt from non payment.” Orey said in response to my inquiry. I went on to ask what the County was looking for out of the hearing. “We are looking for a lump sum of money or ask that you be put in jail.” I responded by asking the amount of this lump sum of money they were seeking, to which he responded $6,600. I then asked would I be given time to come up with this huge chunk of cash, to which he responded, “You’ve already had time, that’s the problem.” Reluctantly, I even went on to further inquire what the action would be for the hearing, if I was in fact able to come up with the unreasonable lump sum of money… To which Scott responded, “We would still have the hearing and request the judge stipulate, that if you fall behind on payments again, we could issue a WRIT (warrant) for your arrest, without having another hearing.”
I was outraged. The arrogance of Scott’s tone and overall disposition was not worthy of an officer of the court. Such flippancy is expected of petulant teenagers. For a county attorney to threaten me with a gun, and the full weight of the United States government is beyond inappropriate — it’s flat out wrong. It’s completely unjustifiable, but furthermore it’s dangerous. How did these kinds of people gain a position and authority, that allows them to use children as a weapon against men and families? To issue an arrest warrant for a civil matter completely compromises the individual rights the citizens, as well as the utility and/or safety of our law enforcement. Which is a resource that many already believe to be stretched far too thin. I couldn’t help but wonder, how many child support warrants are out there? This unnecessary interaction with law enforcement could certainly result in an officer drawing his or her weapon. Completely unacceptable! That the VALUE of my American citizenship be DEVALUED as if I am a criminal.
After this threat was casually laid down before me, I quickly dispersed with pleasantries. I told Scott Orey that my only recourse, as a citizen, was to go public with the conduct of himself and his office. I asked Scott did he truly believe in the morality of the position he had communicated. I asked Scott was he ready and willing to defend his position in the court of public opinion. I asked Scott, without knowing I was right, was it normal for county attorneys to have such good relationships with the Judges, that they feel confident in applying the law with such a foul intent? I asked Scott was he ready for the public to know him and his position? As the public has come to know me and mine on a variety of issues? I told him that I wasn’t going to allow the court to treat me this way in the shadows any longer… I wasn’t going to allow the action of this government agency to be concealed from We The People. At that moment one of the most motivating statements of my entire life came through the phone — “Is that a threat? Did you just threaten me? Ok, I’m going to tear this contract up and kick it up the chain of command that you’ve threatened me.”
It’s no threat of physical harm, to declare that the contents of a conversation, between a State representative and citizen be made public. To give We The People insight into the malfeasance of our government. The mere suggestion of physical harm and manipulation displayed by Scott Orey in that moment, is not only further example of his individual malfeasance and predatory use of State authority — It is a sign of how our government has become malignant with immorality. A sign that extends well beyond the family court, but is fruit from the same poisonous tree.
The need for people who can see these things with clarity and have the courage to articulate it, has reached an all-time high. This is why I’m running for United States Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. The global effects the local. Globally we have governing bodies that have an arrogance beyond measure and believe their place is to Shepard the small guy, into serfdom, by fiat and authoritarianism. I guess at the local level everybody wants a piece of that action. The high of power is more seductive than the purest form of cocaine.
“But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham! So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
The family is the cornerstone of society. It’s genius function has been to create a haven for the rearing of children, and to pass from parents to children, the skills necessary for survival. The dawn of the Greco-Judeo-Christian period heralded a new era of how humans thought of their children. No longer were children property that might be sacrificed to “the Gods”. From the moment that society enshrined the idea that Abraham did not sacrifice Isaac, the “bar” had been raised with regards to the relationship of parents to children, and the spiritual potential for each person and our society. To posit that the family is under siege is almost passé. I know you know it. Daily experience shows the infinite ways in which families devolve, and all these ways have one thing in common… the very lives of the children are at least challenged if not degraded. The conflict within and between parents has collateral damage. The conflict has raged intergenerationally since the Garden.
First, let me say and inform We The People, that the largest share of the “legal pie” is generated from the Family Court system. This is a racketeering profit from pain. This is intensifying conflict as a profession and profiting from the result. This is like a fireman/arsonist that throws gasoline on the fire he is then charged to quell. This, in and of itself, demands investigation, and then reform.
My responsibility as an unapologetic Christian man, is to be responsible for my children, passing to them the skills they need to survive. The most primary of these, the most essential, is LOVE. For without love, all manner of terrible outcomes are more likely. Criminality is seldom born where love prevails; therefore, no different than iatrogenic disease, is then a diagnostic code for later treatment and profit — a loveless Family Court system is the predicate for future crime, that then feeds the criminal justice system. My letter to you is not intended to detail all the ways the family is being killed, with the efficiency of a military operation. But this system that calls itself the “Family Court System”, is really part of this militarized assault on the family and it would best be called, “The Anti-Family Court System”. The objective of this assault is the destruction of the family, the injuring of children, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the United States of America. That members of “The Bar” are leading this charge is not a surprise to me. You are the educated elites of a globalist enterprise. You are the front-line troop in an army of sinners, that intend the destruction of the Greco-Judeo-Christian traditions that are the bedrock of our country. I know this firsthand as a loving father. But my love has no place or value in your court. My value, as a father, being reduced from the spiritual to the radical material. And if I don’t pay as required, my very freedom to love my children is interrupted by my INCARCERATION? All men are the same in your eye. There is no difference between the fathers that strive to provide and those that run away. PAY! The anger many men feel, even if they are fortunate enough to never suffer a divorce (which is another racket completely), is shared quietly among them, in hushed tones, and knowing glances. The entire experience of my manhood has been devalued. How long must this last? Most men live lives of quiet desperation. Is that desperation intended to make men harm themselves? Is it intended to compel men to commit crimes? Is it intended to emasculate men and kill their spirit? Or is it simply intended to systematically discourage child reproduction altogether? Just say… if I can’t give my child a hyper material and affluent lifestyle, I should’ve just aborted them. At least then all the cards would be out on the table. That is what you’re saying — that is what these absurdly punitive and dehumanizing judicial practices are meant to invoke.
My appeal to those among you that still have a soul, is for immediate REFORM. Other countries have recognized the banality of this type of system and have abandoned it. To assume that men are “deadbeats” is to ensure that they are. But isn’t this the goal, to keep the cash flowing? Is it all about the money? What about the children? I give no quarter for abusers of women and children. But to say this in a day and age when a nominee for the Supreme Court, is unwilling to define the meaning of the word “woman”, and that the same woman has a record of lenient sentencing for child abusers… underscores the corruption of the bar. This is spiritual disease of the highest order. This is the rejection of all that society stands on. Another soldier in the military operation, aimed at killing the family, is about to be promoted to the top job. This is sin and wickedness codified into the law.
Seldom do I make appeals; but, for the children… PLEASE LET LOVE BACK INTO THE COURTS. PLEASE LET GOOD MEN DO GOOD THINGS. Please allow my love for my children to be acknowledged. Please allow God back into jurisprudence. Please stop using “the law” as an excuse, to negate any personal responsibility and agency for officers of the court. Just stop using our court system as a RACKET.
Royce Alexander White
Free People of America
P.S. I have since had the aforementioned hearing. I paid $6600, that I definitely can’t afford and will have to be paid back. Maybe part of this is just intended to give men the ultimatum — take the family court’s malfeasance or be humiliated in public. I’m not humiliated, ashamed or afraid to tell the truth. Having money shouldn’t be a prerequisite for elected office. Which is also baked into our culture and the coming political narrative in my path. I am proud of my children, their health and love.
I couldn’t have known this, but a new Judge presided over this hearing. Who it just so happens, used to work in the Ramsey County office. Of which the law required her to inform me at the beginning of this most recent hearing. The very hearing where my freedom was to be decided. Fortunately, I found the money which provides me the opportunity to retain legal counsel, continue this motion and ask that this Judge recuse herself from my case. Has our legal system become a gangster-like shake down institution of political ideology and immorality?
To Be Continued…
It’s Time To Clean House