Opinion

I was raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, one of the whitest and wealthiest suburbs in the United States. Because of this, I was completely and painfully unaware of the world outside of the bubble I lived in until I took up an interest in journalism. I was confused by the lack of empathy and understanding within my own community in light of national events, and decided the best way to combat the issue was to use my platform to write about some of the most pressing issues throughout the rest of the country.

After starting college, I stopped blogging for a while – until the president of the United States couldn't bring himself to unequivocally denounce Nazism. I now blog to stay sane, and even if only five or ten people read what I have to say, I'm glad that I have the ability to say it. 

 

Stop Conflating Humility With White Guilt

One of the most volatile arguments in favor of white pride is that we 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