cause we are young. That is unaccept- able. For hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, politics and elections decide between life and death. Our leaders are the ones who decide if underprivileged citizens have basic rights. The decisions politicians make a ff ect every aspect of our lives. In our democracy, citizens get to decide who those leaders are by the power of voting. Choosing to not care or ignor- ing the issues plaguing our society and government is the worst thing we can do. You don't have to scream your opinions from the roo t ops, but you do have to fight for those things that are worth fighting for, which means taking accountability for your own actions. If we all take the initiative to fix the small things in society, achieving the bigger picture is possible. Choosing when to care based on how it a ff ects you per- sonally is great disservice to our nation. We may be teenagers now but once we graduate high school, we will have the power to feel democracy first hand. Many of us will be able to partici- pate and vote in the next Presidential election, and now is the perfect time to prepare for 2024. Over the last three weeks, I conducted many surveys, interviews, and polls asking people's perspective on this election. My responses varied, but a common theme was the feeling of anxi- ety, stress, and anger. When I asked a sophomore about her thoughts about the upcoming election, she said, "Maybe instead of fighting with each other, we can sit down and find common ground. Because at the end of the day, I think we all just truly want what is best for America." A junior responded, "I am afraid to make political statements because of the anger revolving around each candi- date, but I would like to see a place where we can have a reasonable dis- cussion on our di ff erences so we can come together." The unrest over this election is over- whelming, but I promise you that you are not alone. It may be hard to remain calm, especially in this fast moving cli- mate of politics, but one message that we should be preaching is that al- though President Trump has lost the election and half of the country is up- set, we can spend our time focusing on what we lost or we can accept the out- come and come together. Unity is pos- The Student's Opinions
sible. America has been at a crossroads before, and it will come across another one in the future. But we are all citizens of the United States of America. Our ability to overcome adversity and our debates within our borders is what re- ally makes America great at the end of the day ∎
black life taken by the police. It be- came a matter of human rights rather than politically-motivated reforms. Today, the movement still remains vigi- lant and powerful with people of every race, ethnicity, religion, background, and sexual orientation fighting for equal rights for minority groups. Yet, with resistance comes opposition. The "All Lives Matter" campaign is a protest to our protest arguing all lives should matter, not only black lives. Of course every single life matters; however, for too long black lives have been under- valued. Claiming the protest consists of violent riots, they label the protesters as anar- chists. However, the movement is not anti-American; it's a challenge to a racist system America has disregarded and made normative. It's an enact- ment of our freedom of speech, not an attack. Yes, intense riots have occurred during the first few months of the movement; however, history has proven that quiet protests incite noth- ing. Starting in the 1950s, the Civil Rights movement struggled to obtain basic rights and representation for black people. For the next two decades, the
movement tirelessly fought to abolish segregation laws and obtain voting equality. But still, a t er sixty years, dis- crimination against black and brown people continues to pose a prevalent issue to the fairness of society. Despite numerous peaceful protests to chal- lenge the unjust treatment of minori- ties and systematic racism, inequality persists nationwide. A t er centuries of racial injustice, ignored by the Ameri- can aristocracy, outrage is an in- evitable outcome. But one cannot define an entire move- ment by its most violent participants if they will not define the police system by its violent o ff icers. It is a hypocritical statement used to ridicule and degrade the movement. If BLM protests are an excuse to "create violence", then every police o ff icer is a "racist cop with a preference to target minority groups''... Neither statement is true, but both statements serve to create divide. Even so, the vast majority of BLM demon- strations have been peaceful. Biased media prefers to depict a violent narra- tive of the movement when in reality, 93% of the protests were deemed non- confrontational. The essence of the movement is peace and equality. BLM is the fight to bring all minorities jus- tice.
No Justice, No Peace
By Jazmin Gomez and Maria Pulido
Eight minutes and forty-six seconds. For eight minutes forty-six seconds, white police o ff icer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd. For eight minutes and forty-six seconds, aiding o ff icers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng watched a murder in solidarity. And in eight minutes and forty-six seconds, a nationwide protest was sparked in honor of George Floyd, who was wrongly murdered in the streets for al- legedly counterfeiting a twenty-dollar bill. In justified outrage, Black Lives Matter protests erupted throughout the country challenging police brutality and systematic racism. George Floyd became the symbol of justice for every
Hononegah students and others hold signs saying "White Privilege Exists" during a demonstration. Students pictured, le t to right; top row, Ella Keener, Grace Stuckey, Alyssa Cote. Bottom row, Phairra Jones, Alina Yang, Straya Batten.
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