Category Archives: Politics
“Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d. 731 (1969): In this seminal case considering the First Amendment rights of students (John F. Tinker, Christopher Eckhardt, and Mary Beth Tinker) who were expelled after they wore black armbands to school in symbolic protest of the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court held that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate” and that the First Amendment protects public school students’ rights to express political and social views.”- (ALA.org)
I found this case very interesting because I feel that in today’s day and age we often take for granted or muffle the voices of our youth. Suppressing their voices while at the same time trying to teach them that every person has the right to say or believe whatever they want. In this case the students were protesting the war, which is protected by the amendments of the united states, however they were expelled from school. A result that often only comes as a last measure in a school system. Not only removing the children from school, which is supposed to be a place of thought and higher learning, but removing their rights.
This case also hit home for me because my high school has recently dealt with a situation very similar to this. Being from California, most of the people that compromise our cities and communities are liberal for the most part. Primarily POC and minorities. In the wake of the recent election there has been much unrest in my home state and my hometown. Just days after the election student in my high school assembled an Anti-Trump protest within the school. The movement grew in numbers and worked its way off campus. The principal took the initiative to join the group along with other staff in order to maintain aid and protection for the students. However, when word got to the school board the principal was terminated from his position. He was fired because, “He promoted hate and violence not only towards our president elect but our entire government”.
So I leave you with this question, according the case previously stated, Should the principal have been fired? Should he have stopped the protest much like the Tinker case? Or
New Age of Communication
In the day and age we live in, as a society we often post everything that our daily lives consist of on the internet and other social medias. We upload photos, videos, share links, partake in discussion forums and take in so much social interaction every single
day without even realizing it. With so many outlets at our fingertips, we are communicating faster than we ever have before.
Black Lives Matter Movement
One of the main movements that has flourished via this new age of social media and improved communication,is the Black Lives Matter movement. It gained power quickly via the postings of innocent, unarmed, nonthreatening African American males and females being murdered during seemingly innocent traffic stops and other harmless events. The videos would go viral instantly, being posted across multiple media platforms with the social tag, #BlackLivesMatter. The videos and other postings spread like wildfire across social media, sparking awareness and more often than not, some extremely heated debates. With so many different perspectives and ideas being fired back and forth the ideas behind the movement can be easily misconstrued. Below is a video that I believe does a good job of at least presenting the main ideas and the issues presented surround #BlackLivesMatter.
The Voices Are Being Heard
But no matter how you feel about the movement, or what stance you take one thing is for certain. Due to this new media world that we live in we are being exposed to more and more social problems in our society. Via media and the easy accessibility to get out and voice your opinions through the internet and many other social media outlets, more voices are being heard. While this does create positive discussion as well as some negative, the most important thing to take away is that because of our new sources of communication, we are at least discussing. Our generation isn’t turning the other cheek to these things or pushing them under a rug. The issues are being vocalized and we are finally starting to expose some of the issues that have been a huge deal in our country and society.