This may be the ‘land of the free,’ but it is no stranger to hate.
by Zainub Tayeb
Ever since Donald Trump first hit the campaign trail, many administrators, faculty, staff, and students have questioned the line between free speech and hate speech. To clarify, unless the speech incites violence upon specific individuals or calls for the overthrow of the government, it is constitutionally protected—technically, hate speech is constitutionally protected. Yes, hate crimes are illegal, but hate speech is not recognized as a hate crime.
We, as citizens of the United States, are allowed to take to the streets and yell that we do not support a racist, sexist, xenophobic president, and we are even allowed to symbolically burn the American flag if we feel like the United States Government is not representing the ideals it was founded on. While the first amendment gives us the absolute right to do these things, it also gives others the right to do similar (or opposite) things in support of their views—meaning that anyone can march up and down the street with swastikas (or white hoods) and shout racial slurs. Yes, freedom of speech does allow bigots a platform to spread bigoted ideas, but it also allows people to spread the counter-narrative. That’s what the First Amendment is protecting when it allows the aforementioned symbolic expressions or speech. If there is a limitation on hate speech it also weakens the rest of the citizenry’s freedom to free speech (ACLU).
by Shaelyn Saraceni
With the high levels of stress and anxiety we see in our college students today due to a multitude of various demands placed on their shoulders, it is important for students to know how to help themselves mentally and physically.
As a college student who struggles with anxiety, I feel your pain. Anxiety is one of the biggest mental health issues plaguing our college students today “according to the study of more than 100,000 students by Penn’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health, [where] more than half of the students visiting campus health clinics listed anxiety as a concern” (Brown, 2016). Classes are demanding, workloads are large, expectations are high, and students want good grades (mostly), which leads to a lot of stress and anxiety. It will be my pleasure to share some of the ways to shake off stress mentally and physically.
by Shania Pence
“At the end of the day, we tell stories. We’re storytellers, and our job, probably more than anything, is to entertain. But you get a piece of material like this that’s about something, you know, you take that seriously and you really hope the discussion begins and will continue.” -- Tom McCarthy, Executive Producer, in 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reason
The first time I came across the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, my friend was reading it in the mandatory ten minute reading time after the announcements in our freshman class. I asked her about it, and she told me I should read it. She did not tell me what it was about but that I would like it. The truth is, I liked it a lot more than people would expect.
I was depressed. I was scared. I silently thought about my death, which was not that hard to do because I am the quiet, shy girl no one really knows. Just like Hannah Baker, every time something bad would happen, I would think about giving up. I would think about what the people I went to school with would think if one day I just stopped showing up. I thought, specifically, about all the little things people were doing without them realizing they were affecting me. Like the time freshman year when someone, who I called my friend, took my phone and started saying that I touched myself whenever I saw a male classmate of mine. This led to me getting a note during Health from two boys who asked if it was true. I’m sure the friend, and the two boys I wasn’t friends with, didn’t think they would hurt me like they did. But rumors like that can ruin all four years for someone. I was only in high school for six months and I was wanting to give up on building lasting relationships. Shortly after that, I asked that same friend if she took something from my house because it seemed to have disappeared after she stayed the night. Instead of getting a response like, “No, but I hope you find it,” or “OMG, I accidently took it, sorry,” I got text messages from her boyfriend telling me I was a snake and that the world would be better off if I burned. I’m sure he didn’t know I was already thinking about “disappearing.”
by David Lacy
Anyone who thinks being a teacher only involves lecturing and grading should have seen me monitoring a student’s pulse, while simultaneously relaying information to a 911 dispatcher and also keeping an anxiously curious class of two dozen other students firmly planted in their seats and out of the way.
Mid-class, the young woman had interrupted one of her speaking classmates to ask, apparently in a confused daze, “Is it normal for your fingers to turn blue?”
What followed was a rush of orders: Call 911. Call campus police. Instruct another student to have him help me carry her into the less crowded hall and sit on a bench with firm backing. Speak with firefighters. Speak with EMTs. Do both of these things while keeping the student awake and talking. Call the dean, who was still working, even though it was a night class. Query the EMTs as to whether they had contacted her parents. Determine to which hospital she was being taken. Follow-up the next day with the student.
by Caitlin Howery
Tensions are high right now as undocumented immigrants are being forced out of the country. Currently, people are either in support of the recent actions being taken, or they are completely petrified. Not just for themselves, but for their friends and loved ones as well. As students, it’s sometimes difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that we do have voices, and that we can use our voices to make a difference. Earlier this semester, Deborah Ortiz, the CEO of Opening Doors, an organization that supports immigrants both financially and emotionally, came onto Folsom Lake College’s main campus. Ortiz talked about immigration resettlement and the actions that students can take in order to make an impact.
Get informed. Do research. Ask questions and hunt down the answers you need. You can also sign up for alerts to receive emails and updates from Opening Doors and other organizations assisting undocumented immigrants.
Write letters to federal officials. Contact members of Congress and legislators. Express your opposition. Put pressure on the individuals who have the power to enforce change.
Ask questions. Question every statement that you perceive as hateful. Understand the reasoning behind the statement so you can then address the situation appropriately.
Inform others. At times, someone may use a term that could come out as hateful, without understanding how their words affect others of different ethnicities. Encourage them to use different terminology, so they can get their message across without coming off as ignorant or hateful.
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