PrejudiceNot only is it being experienced around the world but also at East High School.
By: Bre Moulder, East High School
Recently, Arizona has been in the headlines with its controversial Immigration Act and then again with its Governor Jan Brewer approving the ban on ethnic classes in public schools. Despite it being it 21st century, despite this nation finally electing an African American President and breaking the mold; there is still prejudice in the world. But these events happened in other states, and couldn’t possibly affect us at East High School.
Prejudice though less prevalent is still sadly something ubiquitous to society and Duluth does not escape that. The incident at UMD that showed brazen racism in April has since sparked and anti racism movement at the campus, but isn’t this a bit redundant? Why are we still grappling with this kind of hate speech when we have seemingly come so far?
Here at East, the events at UMD have been a catalyst to get people talking about why these issues are faced. Exec Board is planning an awareness day for next Tuesday, and will give out free ribbons to show support.
“It just started when I got everybody in a circle and discussed the issues at East and my thing was racism, which in turn opened the door to a whole bunch of issues. Lyn had a good idea about the sign in the lobby and a box for anyone to submit their experiences here,” said senior Dyami Starks member of Exec Board. These stories will then be posted on a bulletin board in the school.
“I hope that students will realize that things that they say can be extremely hurtful, even if they don’t mean any harm. This will open a lot of eyes to help people see what is happening at out school between our classmates, and hope this will unite us and make a positive change,” said junior Exec Board member Lyn Jenson .