Do you remember the society where a conservative’s opinion was allowed and not written off as racist or sexist? Neither do I.
We have now become a society of sheeple, or blind followers, who choose to believe stories that fit our narratives are more important than actual facts. We tell the part of the stories that help further our agenda, leaving the true character of a person in the hands of the chopping block we call social media.
This article is meant to remind both liberals and conservatives that all opinions are valid as long as they are based around facts.
An ideal society allows all people to express their beliefs as long as others aren’t stripped of the right to express their own beliefs in any setting. At Loy Norrix High School, a huge majority of students are heavily liberal and this, unfortunately, isn’t the case.
“The ratio of liberals to conservatives [in Loy Norrix] is unprecedented,” said junior Will Carrier.
Carrier identifies himself as politically independent, leaning more towards conservatism.
“Last year when I expressed my views [on the presidential election] I received multiple anonymous threats,” said Carrier.
A school specifically should be a place for students to express their ideas without literal fear of physical harm, but with certain peoples’ misguided ideas on topics like racism, bigotry and misogyny, that has become nearly impossible.
This in no way is meant to stereotype the liberal group and their ideas. However, a portion of the liberal group can be considered a sort of radical liberals that insult others using words like “bigot” and “racist.” They do this without truly understanding the meaning and scenarios those phrases are meant for.
During my sophomore year, in Kelly Stetton’s Honors English 10, we had an assignment to write on any topic we felt was important. I decided to write a paper about how sensitive people can be. I brought up the topic of racism and misogyny. I made the the point that some people use those phrases on every little altercation even if it is incorrectly used. Later that day, a friend outside of the class asked why I was on a bunch of people’s Snapchat stories being called racist and a bigot.
Granted, these issues can’t be fixed in a few days, maybe even years, but we could change Loy Norrix into a place where all beliefs are welcomed. Teachers can agree to keeping politics out of the classrooms besides social studies classes, and teachers can keep their own personal biases out of lessons. Students can state their views and accept the fact that others have differing views and leave them to their own devices.
Finally, when a political “utopia” is reached, students can express their beliefs without the fear of physical harm.