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Why Don’t We Talk About It?

Antoinette Aho, Editor-in-Chief

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The past week was painful when it comes to the welfare of our world.

The fascist-led shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue ending in the death of 11 innocent people.

The election of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new, offensive, far-right, president.

The 10 plus packages containing homemade bombs and suspicious items mailed to prominent critics of President Trump.

The abundance of Honduran immigrants being denied entrance into the U.S.

The shooting in Kentucky, resulting in the killing of two black men by a white man.

All occurred in one week’s time, and that’s not the end of the list.

And yet, these events haven’t been discussed or recognized in school whatsoever.

Not a class conversation or a moment of silence for the victims. As a public school, Cordova High should be more in tune with world events, whether it’s taking a minute to simply acknowledge them, or dedicate a fraction of class to discuss the happenings. This isn’t to say that the majority of staff and students aren’t conscious, but as a whole, we are not taking the proper steps in spreading awareness.

Out of respect, moments of silence should have been granted to the victims of the shootings. Perhaps a discussion on the three events that were coined as hate crimes.

Hate crimes.

In 2018, who could imagine we’d face controversy of that sort?

When fascism comes to mind, one might expect to be discussing WW2 in the 1940s, certainly not contemporary politics.

And politics? It goes further than disliked candidates, it comes to the morals and ethics of individuals we place in power. Still, what reason is this to send terror through a country by sending bombs to politicians and news companies?

No reason.

No reason for hate, crime, or terror.

These seeds were planted years before us, yet they’ve grown back to plague our society.

As the world advances, the people in it must follow. If not, we’ll lead ourselves to our own end. This will come if we neglect our duty to spread awareness and to educate our citizens about the past atrocities that this type of thinking created. Without recognizing events such as these, or staying neutral in the matters, we are only allowing them to reoccur.

When we fail to educate the current generation about right from wrong they will inevitably fail to form opinionated and logical minds. Whether or not they can change the world significantly today, soon they will be leading it. And the only way to prepare the future for the best is to equip the youth of today for those influential positions.

 

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Antoinette Aho, Editor-In-Chief

Antoinette is The Free Lancer Editor-in-Chief, she is currently a sophomore at Cordova High School and member of the California Scholarship Federation,...

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