Opinion & Editorial
I first started blogging in high school as a way to process my thoughts and think critically about the world around me. Now, working as an intern for The American Prospect, I have the opportunity to write blogs about issues in education — something I've been passionate about since I was a child.
Teachers struggle to teach students about slavery
Educators struggle to teach their students about the nuances of slavery, its crucial role in shaping U.S. history, and its lasting impact on African Americans, according to a new study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The organization surveyed 1,000 high school seniors across the U.S. Only 8 percent of students could identify slavery as the root cause of the Civil War; 68 percent did not know that slavery ended after Congress passed and the states ratified the 13th Amendment. . . . read more
Stop conflating humility with white guilt
One of the most volatile arguments in favor of white pride is that we (being white people) shouldn’t feel a sense of “guilt” about our race. “Guilt” of course meaning any sense of humility, compassion or being a mediocrely decent human being.
Pride cannot be defined as hatred toward people who are different than you. That doesn’t make you proud, that makes you a white nationalist. . . . read more
Black Lives Matter
Note: This article was written in response to "All Lives Matter," an article written by my colleague Christian Holton whom I wrote a monthly set of op-eds with. This op-ed in particular led to uproar in my school, with students suggesting we should stifle the First Amendment right of our paper. Although I vehemently disagreed with Christian's viewpoint, which can be found here, I stood by his right to publish his own piece.
Who was Adamou Diallo? Before Black Lives Matter formed into what it is today, Diallo, an immigrant to the United States from New Guinea, was shot dead at 23 years old in 1999. His death was caused by 41 bullet wounds inflicted by four officers who mistook his identity. All officers faced no charges.
Who was Sean Bell? In 2006, the night before his wedding, Bell was shot by five officers. He was 23 years old. Only three of the five officers went to trial, but all were acquitted of charges.
Who was DeAunta Terrel Farrow? At 12 years old, he was shot by police while holding a toy gun. Claiming he didn’t know the weapon was fake, the officer faced no indictment. . . . read more