opinion

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.

feminism=love, unity, &equality

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What is feminism? Feminism is the belief that women should have responsibility for themselves and the choices they make. It is the belief that all women should have equal representation and decision-making opportunities in her home and community. It is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.

There are different types of feminism, including: liberal, cultural, radical, ecofeminism, marxist, global, intersectional feminism, and womanism.

Here at Rockwell, we are lucky enough to have an entire class on women’s studies, feminism, and the power of women. Mrs. Frederickson, in room 3, teaches the students in her B4 and B5 classes the capabilities and powers of women. These lucky students are able to develop stronger opinions and learn more about their rights and the equality of all people.

“Young women in this class are able to learn who they are and build confidence,” Frederickson said.

Not all who are feminist are against men. Yes, there are some, but to say all feminists are against men is a statement that is much too broad.

“Feminism is the equality of men and women; it is equality for all,” said Frederickson. “The world, in general, needs equality.”

Some may wonder why call the belief of equality feminism instead of equalism or humanism. It is because you reach gender equality by supporting the rights of the underprivileged gender, and females seem to be underprivileged in society today. By bringing this love towards all, we will gain unity.
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“I am for equality,” said Rockwell drill team coach Maddie Beck. “I believe both sexes should be equal, just like all races.”

 

Feminists do not hate men. they want equality for people of all genders, race, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, class, and ethnicity. The world will be at its greatest power when everyone is treated equal and we all work together as one. Unity, love, and equality are all things the world needs to reach its highest point.

“We will reach our greatest strength when women grasp their true power,” said Frederickson.”We all need to work together.”