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Students seek positive feedback via Sarahah app

by Kaylee Birnbaum

There are close to 95 million registered users on Sarahah – an app where people can leave messages to others without a name attached. It’s completely anonymous. There have been a lot of reactions to this app, and most are negative. People are claiming they are being bullied and harassed as others leave anonymous comments about them.

“I feel like a lot of people use Sarahah when they’re sad and are looking for positive feedback,” said Rockwell senior Megan Nelson. “Even though a lot of the things that are said end up making them feel worse.”

If you’re giving people an opportunity to leave anonymous comments, they are probably going to take advantage of that. People have a lot more courage hidden behind the comfort of their screens. It allows users to say mean or vulgar things without getting the bite back for it.

“If you don’t want to be bullied, don’t download an app and post the link to it on your Snapchat where everyone has access to it,” said Rockwell sophomore Jada VonWald. “You are bound to get hate whether a person actually means it or not. It’s an app that allows you to comment anonymously, so it’s inevitable to get hate.”

The people who are making these Sarahah profiles have to understand that not everyone is going to react positively to this. People are going to be hurtful and rude simply because they can be. It’s too easy for them. If you post on Instagram or Facebook to get people’s honest opinion of you, the majority of the comments will probably be kind since their identities are attached to it. The fact that Sarahah allows you to anonymously comment is where the issue lies.

“Nobody actually wants honest opinions of themselves,” said Rockwell junior Tyler Hadlock. “They don’t want the truth, they just want ego boosts.”

Muscular Intensity meets Exhilaration in Marvel’s The Black Panther

by Alyssa Smith

The Black Panther was released to theaters on February 16. It was a thrilling new Marvel movie that has been the only movie since Avatar to top the box office for five straight weeks in a row.

“It was such an amazing movie,” said Rockwell sophomore Felicia Jacquez. “Everyone should go see it.”

Critics enjoyed this movie and thought it was very well-done.

“Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza,” said critic Jimi Famurewa. “It packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.”

Although Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a high 97%, a few people disagree with the majority vote.

“The film spirals into a stodgy tale of internecine feuding, in which T’Challa is required to come to terms with the sins of past generations,” said Ed Power, a critic from the Irish Independent. “What he doesn’t get to do much of is jump around beating up bad guys. That’s a shame.”

Go see The Black Panther, now in theaters, and let Marshal Magazine know what you think of the film.

Opinion: Is Black History Month Racist?

by Kaya Garza

Ever since Black History Month became a thing, there were people who stood firmly against it. There were people who said, “Gee. Why don’t me and my white ancestors get a history month? Don’t you think that’s a bit racist?”

Well, let me explain it to you.

Let’s start from the beginning. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. His intentions were very clear- he wanted to create such a time where the successes and triumphs of African-Americans were no longer overlooked and disregarded, and to cultivate an environment of learning, respect, and understanding. This eventually turned into “Black History Month,” which was celebrated in certain colleges and communities, and finally became recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

Now, like we have seen, people were indifferent to the notion of a month dedicated to people who aren’t white, because this “separates black people from being Americans.”

Now, claiming they aren’t Americans is clearly atrocious, but honoring them, their history and cultures which we spent so long trying to erase, is NOT an act of separation and division, it is an act of respect and reparation.

When the majority of our elementary history was dedicated to certain “heroes” of the Civil War like Robert E. Lee, to our Founding Fathers, to our long line of clearly white presidents, to our colonial roots, the books have simply overlooked African-American achievement- and one month, trust me, couldn’t even cover a quarter. To honor such achievements of these true heroes and innovators of our country’s history is vital, and an absolute obligation.

Claiming that we should simply be blind to color and race is a sick attempt at burying the issues in the ground and pretending they don’t exist. Ignoring beautiful cultures and ways of life is not only ridiculous, but careless.

It is incorrect to suggest that a month dedicated to black people is an act of racism against white people who feel that their history is being erased in the process. This is a country built upon white supremacy; the “heroes” of our past are drenched in blood. This is a country where slavery has continually progressed- from chains, to segregation, to stereotypes- and everything in between. The endless media that pertains to ideas that every young black boy wants to be a basketball player and that every young black girl is loud and sassy, and that the “hood” and gangs are the closest thing to success black people will get is all that’s been fed into our brains. Black people are not drug dealers, gang members, and so on – they are doctors, soldiers, scientists, authors, and the like.

They have been too long overlooked. Asking for appreciation for 28 days out of the year is not racist, it is equalizing.

Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

By Keegan Beck

During winter break the entertaining saga returned to the theaters. On December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its debut around the country. The saga continues with the First Order reigns having decimated the peaceful Republic. Supreme Leader General Snoke now deploys his legions to seize military control of the galaxy. The only ones that are standing up against the rising tyranny, First Order is General Leia Organa’s band of resistance fighters. The resistances have hope that Jedi Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

The heroine, Rey, discovers herself and finds out that she is way more than some person from the desert planet Jakku. While trying to convince Skywalker to come help the resistance fight the first order, Skywalker is uncertain about Rey’s powers.

“The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just the beginning. And I will not be the Last Jedi.” – Luke Skywalker

The Last Jedi was a very interesting and filled with action and adventure. With Disney buying the rights to Star Wars, I thought I was going in to see a Disney made film but instead it was action-packed and an incredible story. The director, Rian Johnson, and the producer, J.J Abrams, put together a great film and understood the meaning behind being a Jedi. There were a lot fans that were really happy about the film and had those “called it” moments, but I really enjoyed the film. They gave more information about different characters in this film, and it kept me very focused and interested the whole time.

I would recommend this movie to everyone far far away from different planets and galaxies to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters. And may the force be with all of you.

Dress codes encourage objectification of women

by Baylee Percell

When a school enforces a strict dress code upon students, it has an effect on on-going issues in today’s society, namely sexual objectification and rape culture.

As young as students in elementary school, kids have been told to worry about how they dress every single day. Whether it’s rips in a pair of jeans, a skirt or pair of shorts that falls a certain number of inches above the knee, or a shirt that shows your back, students are told that how they dress affects how other people think.

Students should be able to dress freely without feeling objectified in order to teach the rising generation that clothes do not determine consent. This is more effective than the current teaching and state of mind, which ends with students being fearful to express themselves through what they wear.

How is it fair that boys can go shirtless in a PE class but girls would be shamed for wearing a tank top? Girls are constantly being told to cover up to avoid distracting male peers rather than telling males to keep their hands to themselves when a girl wears a crop top or leggings. Instead we, as women, are objectified and are being told that how you dress is how your character is portrayed and if you don’t want harassment then to dress modest which sets our power of words to be insignificant because apparently we are “asking for it” by what we wear instead of it being as simple as to say no. Aside from certain dress codes being objectifying and sexist, it’s influential to males and their perspective on consent.

While the issue may not seem big in high school, it influences that state of mind for a lifetime which result in common cases such as a case in Jakartab, where Fauzi Bowo raped and murdered a young woman and blamed it on what the woman was wearing. Or like the case in Manitoba, Canada where a man raped a woman and justified it to the judge by saying he was under “inviting circumstances” because she was wearing a tube top and high heels. In this case, the judge responded with the following statement: “This is a case of misunderstood signals and inconsiderate behaviors.” And the man got no jail time for this assault.

Sexual assault is a huge issue. Every 98 seconds an American gets sexually assaulted. This results in 361,500 victims each year which shows that we are not teaching the right ways to prevent these terrible actions.

Racism or the reverse?

by Baylee Percell

Reverse racism has become one of the most controversial topics in society today. While many say that reverse racism is “a thing,” others strongly oppose; I believe that many people fail to recognize it exists.

White people can be treated better than people with color – I completely agree and recognize that – but at the same time, black people can be treated better than white people. For example, the media holds certain advantages for black people such as the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, the “Miss Black America” program, ABC’s comedy show “Blackish” and the BET awards. If you replaced any of these with white people then society would be completely outraged. How does that sound like equality?

I also recognize the recent issue with cops discriminating against black people, such as the Michael Brown case. In this case, an 18 year old black man looking at a bright future got shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. But have you ever heard about Jermaine Saunders? He is a black cop who shot Daniel Kevin Harris, a 29 year old white man who was deaf and couldn’t speak. Chances are you never heard about the Daniel Kevin Harris case because there weren’t any riots, protests, or speeches just because it certainly doesn’t fit with the mainstream media message about white cops discriminating against black people. The media doesn’t like to show the discrimination against white people like they like to show it against black people.

“I think it’s true that some black people when meeting white people think they are racist,” said Lola Kliesch. “They feel as if the white race thinks they’re superior without even knowing us.”

Slavery officially ended on December 6, 1865, but discrimination continued until powerful figures like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. took a stand. They weren’t trying to make black people anymore superior; they wanted equality.

Muslims aren’t always terrorists, black people aren’t always thugs and white people don’t always think that they’re better than anyone because of their skin color. I believe in equality. Or, more specifically, I believe that all races should be treated equal and no advantages should be given towards Black, White, Muslim, Indian, etc. We all have certain things in common: we all are human, we all feel, and we all want the best for ourselves. I’d hope we all want what’s best for everyone around us, no matter how they look.

How free are we to speak?

by Melanie Mortensen

The definition of freedom of speech is the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. The First Amendment states:”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Freedom of speech includes the right not to speak (specifically the right not to salute the flag), to allow students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war, to allow students the right to not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate, to use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages, to contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns, to advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions), and to engage in symbolic speech (for example: burning the flag in protest).

Freedom of speech does not include the right to incite actions that would harm others. An example of this would be someone falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater or saying “bomb” on an airplane. It does not include the right to make or distribute obscene material, to burn draft cards as an anti-war protest, to permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration, to allow students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event, or to allow students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event.

As you can see, there are certain extents to everything.

Do Americans really have freedom of speech?

There are parts of our culture where we really do not have freedom of speech. For example, a sports coach can get kicked out of a game for using profane language, and anyone can be silenced from the things they say. All over social media you can find people saying things like “Why do celebrities think we care about their political opinions when we hire them to act, sing, write, etc for us?” or “Why do celebrities think we care about their political opinions as they are only actors and don’t live as normal of a life as most Americans?”

An article released on DailyCaller.com was literally titled “Good News, America! Nobody Cares What Celebrities Think.” But the real question is why shouldn’t they be able to state their opinion? They, as Americans, have the same rights as everyone else. Just because they are famous for one reason or another doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to talk about politics as much as any other American. The political opinions of celebrities hold the same amount of importance as everyone else; no one opinion should be more important than another.

Students are forced to change their clothing if it doesn’t meet dress code standards, or if it displays profanity, and others get in trouble for speaking their mind with simple words. A student at a Tennessee high school got in trouble, and kicked out of class, for saying “bless you” as good manners when someone sneezed. After she was kicked out of class and sent to the principal’s office, she got sent to In-School Suspension (ISS). In 2010, schools around the country banned bracelets that read “I heart boobies,” even though the bracelets were supporting the nonprofit Keep a Breast Foundation. Five year old Cooper Barton was told to turn his University of Michigan shirt inside-out because it violated school rules. The dress code in Oklahoma City’s public schools said students may only wear shirts from Oklahoma colleges and universities. In 2011, one sixth grader in Nebraska was told she couldn’t wear her rosary clothing (clothing expressing faith) to school because it violated the school’s dress code.

You should not be forced to change your clothing because someone doesn’t like it, that is your freedom being taken away.

So, do Americans really have freedom of speech? It seems to be that the freedom aligns with restrictions of larger organizations, regardless of the individual’s personal standards or beliefs. Freedom of speech exists, but is anything really free? That is for Americans to decide themselves.

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