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How Media Affects The Mind -

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Matilda Provides Hope -

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Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

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Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

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#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

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Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trump Protests: Positive or Divisive

Let me start by saying I am not a Trump supporter. In fact, I’m almost as far away from supporting the President-Elect as the spectrum goes. That, however, does not mean I can’t criticize the actions of those whose ideologies I do agree with. The American population has become locked into and married to their political parties, blocking out opposing opinions and refusing to have productive conversations. As a passionate liberal, I know that I would struggle to be close friends with someone whose ideologies I so fundamentally disagree with. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t respect conservatives and their opinions. America is split nearly in half into conservatives and liberals and, in order to move forward as one united country, we need to listen to each other.

In the month following Donald Trump’s election, there have been numerous efforts to protest him and his policy plans. My question is, are these protests productive or divisive? Well, the answer lies in the protests’ execution and purpose. According to a CNN article reporting on the protests, Noelle Yasso, an immigration lawyer, explained the purpose of the demonstrations, saying that it is to “tell Donald Trump he can’t just deport 11 million undocumented people. They’re here to stay and we stand in solidarity with them.” This idea of encouraging unity and safety is beautiful and one I fundamentally agree with. I would have absolutely no objection to a gathering of people supporting one another, celebrating diversity, inspiring peace and love and calming the fear of the many who may be targeted by Donald Trump’s policies. While this was true in some of the protests, in was unfortunately not how all were executed.

From what I’ve observed, some of the Trump protests have been unproductive, hypocritical and divisive. Chanting “f*** Donald Trump,” disrespecting police and dividing a divided country even further are not good ways of dealing with the daunting future of a Trump presidency. As protesters hold signs reading “Love Trumps Hate,” they are hateful to both Trump and his supporters. Of course Trump and many of his supporters are hateful and disrespectful to many, but stooping down to their level is not what liberalism stands for, or at least what I stand for. I was in Portland, OR about a month ago when Trump protests were becoming regular on the streets of the city. My hotel was very near to where the protests were happening and I was able to observe them closely. The Portland protesters were very aggressive chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “F*** Donald Trump!” while also ignoring police requests to move to areas that were closed to traffic. They even had fireworks they were firing dangerously and bottles they were throwing at the police. While many of them held posters that encouraged love, peace and unity, they were being very violent and hateful. While the Portland protests were definitely not the standard for the mostly peaceful Trump protests across the country, the theme of hatred towards the other side was present in many of them, even in the student protests here. During the San Mateo, Aragon and Hillsdale protest, a student wearing a “Make America Great Again” baseball hat was bullied by protesters who even threw a yogurt at him. I don’t think I’m the only one who sees the hypocrisy in this act, and others like it.

Trump is going to be president, no matter how many people protest his election (one that, by the way, was won the same way every other president in American history was elected). It is a frightening and sad America where the voters would elect such a man, but, with the system we’ve had in place for over 200 years, they have. If you want to protest something, protest the corruption in the DNC or the Electoral College, something you could change. Protesting Trump, especially in a violent,  divisive way will do nothing but make the conservatives in power more keen to shut down any liberal power left. So, in preparation for what could be a disastrous, hateful, fear mongering, violent, divisive presidency, it is important that we stand together and not ignore the half of the country whose ideology will control Washington for at least the next two years. Although they disagree with most of each other’s opinions, there is one thing that unites conservatives and liberals: they both want what’s best for the country. And if we listen to instead of hating each other, we might be able to make some sort of compromise about the answer to this question. Of course, like many other liberals, I want a government based on the liberal ideologies of equality, empathy and cooperation. Unfortunately, in the situation that we’re currently in, this is almost impossible. In order to avoid what could be a catastrophic presidency, Americans, both liberals and conservatives, need to be united by reason, facts and history, not divided by hatred, violence and anger.

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