I appreciate your openness and honesty when it came to you sharing your coming out story in “Being a woman in love with a woman.” One thing that stood out to me is the fact that people question how you identify. To me, sexuality is fluid — throughout a life time. That is, your feelings that you had to me initially and now were and a…[Read more]
I am apologetic and filled with sorrow that these feelings of not belonging, based on one’s ethnicity, are still prevalent in today’s society. The United States of America is not living up to the expectations of its Constitution, and have since Charlottesville, taken steps back. We pride ourselves on the freedoms and opportunities this country provides, but as I have grown older, I’m beginning to believe those tales are a hoax. It is unnerving to know that there is a large group of white nationalists who believe their protest are “purifying” society; when in reality, I see complete fear and ignorance in their beliefs. I would agree that these white nationalists look up to Donald Trump, and use his choice of words to perpetuate hateful stereotypes throughout our country. Honestly, I am at a loss on how to change the minds of white nationalists because it seems they just want to repeat history over and over. But I do think there is power in people like you and I who want to lead a good example through peaceful action.
Leo, I am very sorry to hear about the position you are in. I agree it is completely ridiculous that you feel the need to change the way you present yourself according to the area you are in. Everyone should be treated with respect regardless of looks or culture, and we should be celebrating culture not suppressing it out of fear! As for the writing itself- I really like how you created an underlying theme of this generation being the people who can change the future for the better. Also, I like how you are able to realize how much privilege you have- not many people can do that nowadays- “I am a minority and have experienced some racism, but nothing with outright violence,”. I also agree that Trump’s refusal to call out the white supremacists in Virginia was another unneeded thing added to the list of negligent tones American leaders have had throughout history. And if you are really interested, here is an article that talks about the debate of Trump renouncing the white supremacists in Virginia: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/12/charlottesville-protest-trump-condemns-violence-many-sides. Every week this country has had something new that could be added to the history books due to racist acts, but it is a shame that something like Charlottesville has to occur in order for people to understand the severity of our intolerance. People are so stuck in their ways they won’t even think about what it’s like being in the other person’s shoes. Thank you for sharing your view on the topic, I enjoyed reading your post!
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We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
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If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.