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OPINIONS

What it means to be black at Creek

BY: SARA ABBEY Staff Writer

Smile, but not too big or they’ll think you’re a joke Talk, but not with your slang or they’ll think you’re uneducated Take classes that’ll make your head hurt and your eyes droop, but they’ll never have a chance to doubt your intelligence. Being black at Creek means no room for errors when there are only three of you out of twenty-five in a classroom. Being black at creek means going to a school where the person who sits to your right is the son of lawyers and to the left of you is the daughter of doctors. Me? My dad drives a taxi and my mom is a caretaker. I’m not embarrassed. It just goes to show how hard-working of a family I have. But sitting next to those kids who already have one foot in the door to get to Harvard, it makes me feel as if I had a late start to the race. And being black at Creek means that you can’t be yourself: a stereotype that everyone is far too familiar with. Loud mouthed, rude, ignorant, trouble making kid who’ll start a fight at the drop of a hat. I’m constantly tiptoeing around other stu-

dents, worried that just my appearance itself has already given me a name. It’s always been a struggle but, being black at Creek has its benefits. For the few of us who are Ethiopian/Eritrean, we become a close knit community where we can speak our language and become comfortable in our own skin. It’s the small things like Black Student Union that make you feel a bit more whole when you’re surrounded by people that resemble you just a little bit more. You come into the club and a weight is lifted off your shoulders. No more hiding and fake smiles to others who’ll understand me just a little bit more. We have roles outside of that club, to individually keep up our reputations that we have spent too much time perfecting. It does become disappointing though when you walk by each other the next day without a hello. Creek has its ups and downs, its expectations and reputations, and definitely its powerful facade to the outside world that we are an inclusive, diverse, and wholesome community but that is unfortunately not the reality. We go to a school where conformity is the norm and differences become the outcasts. But I can’t really say much. I’m just like everyone else.

BY: DA’NAZJAH DORSEY Student Life Editor

Growing up I only went to majority white schools until the age of 11. I thought I knew what to expect when I came to Creek from Southaven, Mississippi: a bunch of sissy prissy white people that I would have to change my personality with in order to not seem so “black.” There are aspects of my upbringing that are what most poeple I talk to consider relative to the black experience, like fighting. I was always told, whether you started the fight or not, you better win or when you get home you will be in even more trouble. This obviously never aligned to what I was taught in school. Being split into both these worlds usually would take a toll on me as a child, but not so much now. As someone of color who wasn’t thrown into a black environment, I knew exactly how to deal with white people: make some jokes, be myself and over-exaggerate my knowledge on the black culture and I would fit in. As for fitting in with the black population, that has not been as easy. While I have noticed the black population at Creek, I haven’t really

met or talked to a lot of them. I’m not saying “them” to single out the population, but I’m saying “them” as in a lot seem to hangout and relate to each other and their own experiences. Most of the time I am too white for the black students and too black for the white students. The balance of my identities and my negative and positive experiences in both communities makes it even harder for me to fully identify with my culture. It’s the lack of a sense of community that really gets to me. Take that as you may, but a lot of reek students don’t really like or care for other students and that’s how it is in Creek as a whole. I would really enjoy seeing the black community at Creek be more inclusive and caring for one another. I’d like to see more unity rather than hanging out with their cliques at lunch and avoiding or ignoring any other black kid because they aren’t the same. Look, only 3% of the Creek population is black, and we’re not all the same. Some of us have unique backgrounds, I came from Mississippi. Some grew up in mostly white schools. Some came from mostly black schools. But we should be able to share our experiences with each other and grow together.

ART BY MAHKEDHA KALAYU

PRIDE IN YOURSELF: For some being a minority in Creek can be challenging. Of course no two experiences are the same. The above painting is one in a series by senior Mahkeda Kalayu in which she celebrates the individuality of black youth. 14

Dec. 2018


OPINIONS

Proud to be a conservative BY: JACOB GINSBERG-MARGO Opinions Editor

When you think of conservatives, what do you imagine? A heartless old crotchety man, who sold his first born for a few more dollars, and despises that women can leave the house? Well sorry to break it to you, but that’s pretty inaccurate, mostly. Actually, 36% of the political make-up, according to Gallup polls, isn’t as cookie-cutter nor evil as you may think. The Republican party, and conservatives in general, have kept consistent in their policies and ideology. They keep their same beliefs of low taxes, small government, and staying, well conservative. Many myths have popped up about the conservative party you probably noticed some in the first paragraph. Many, if not all, are just not true ,and as someone of the party, I think it’s my job to debunk some liberals with facts and logic, or maybe just explain conservatism, and why I agree with it. The common belief is that conservative is synonymous with Alt-Right, and although that Alt-Right simply stands for and is understood as, alternative right-wing politics, it has been given an evil, despicable name, by the frequent support of neo-confederates, neo-nazis, and other white supremacist groups. My rightwing is something completely different, and should not be conflated. Just so my words are understood, the Alt-Right is despicable and is home to some of the worst our society has to offer. So why am I conservative? Well, simply put, I was pushed there. I’d like to explain some reasons why. Firstly, alienation. I am a white man, I am okay with being a white man. My culture is diverse and full. I am proud of my race. Those few simple sentences could get you expelled from college or could land you in prison in England, according to the telecommunications act. I am so proud of American values that I truly and wholesomely believe that this country, the country that I am able to say all of

this without fear of prosecution from the government, is the greatest country in the world. But I can not be proud of who I am. When the phrase, “It’s okay to be white,” becomes a hate symbol and “hate speech,” I feel like a stranger in my own skin and my own life. Secondly, I’d like to talk about the stigma of the left, and what I see coming from it on a daily basis. I see screeching harpies banging on the doors of the Supreme Court. I see students and teachers in Brown University scared to speak their feelings if the ir feelings are not the leftist status quo. I see a teaching aid, a liberal teaching aid, being sent death threats, and being fired for showing a lecture from, conservative and psychologist, Jordan B. Peterson because The Leftist school did didn’t like what he said. I see the hysteria of left, and I want nothing to do with it. Thirdly, in my opinion, the country is stuck in a system of victims and oppressors, when there is none. People who call themselves liberal feel oppressed, and I can be empathetic to them. But I cannot be empathetic when the solution is not to build the poor, the huddled masses, the broken. It is to tear down the rich, the prepared, the smart and the strong. I can not sit by while the margins of who they go after, shrinks to include everyone I love, everyone I know, and everyone I respect, yet no one who deserves it. This all comes in the form of Neo-Marxism, which

is evil. For an example, Adolf Hitler, a fascist socialist, killed about 13 million people. Joseph Stalin, a communist, killed 80 million. Mao Zedong, another communist, killed 45 million. All three of the worlds most evil men ever to exist, were ruling with the ideals of Karl Marx. Fourthly, the current mainstream media is ruled by a those who swear to not be racist, or biased, but are increasingly taking a biased, anti-white stance (which if you didn’t know is racist). Don’t believe me? Look at some of the posts on Twitter from New York Times editor Sarah Jeong tweeting #CancelWhitePeople, or Don Lemon on CNN calling all white men “The biggest terror threat in the country.” Or finally “diversity quotas” forcing businesses to hire not on merit, as it should be, but on gender, sexual preference, and race, entirely excluding whites. That is actual racism, not some guy in Scotland showing his dog how to “Seig Heil.” Fifthly, policies. Arguably the most important reason I am a conservative. I don’t like the government. I don’t like the system. I don’t trust either. In the conservative party, the government is to be controlled by the people, not the other way around. I don’t like debt. I don’t like the country’s debt. I think we should tighten our belt and balance the budget. I love Israel. As a practicing Jew, the state of Israel is the second most important country to me, and

anything we can do to keep a stable, well functioning, strong ally in the middle east is imperative, as well as keeping a Jewish state alive and well. Lastly, I don’t believe in the greatest political fallacy ever to exist: the government should do things. The government should keep its people alive, and the country free. Lastly I am religious, and when a story breaks that a Christian student senator, Senator Isabella Chow, from Berkeley had her religious beliefs denounced as not beliefs, it pushes me further to the right. Teddy Lake, the student senator who put forward the original resolution to condemn trump’s language concerning LGBTQ+, that senator Chow abstained from, said this, “Perhaps what most offends me, though, is Senator Chow’s outrageous ask that we, as a Senate class, respect her “beliefs” as she does ours. To that end, I’d like to clarify that what Senator Chow expressed tonight were not beliefs at all — they were hateful prejudices that deserve nothing less than the strongest condemnation from myself, my community, and my colleagues.” I remind you that Senator Chow abstained. She did not vote down, she did not condemn the resolution, she simply refused to vote for it. I am a straight, white, cis, hetero, male, and I refuse to join a party that is actively against my existence, or commanding me to “check my privilege,” I refuse to believe that just because I was born with a certain amount of melanin in my skin I immediately am handed a White-Card that lets me not get shot by the police, because statistics from Statista, say that in 2018, 158 African Americans were shot and killed, and 318 White Americans were shot. That is 2 whites for everyone 1 Black. This tells me otherwise. I refuse to believe that my race is the issue with this country. I would bet all of my money that mainstream conservatives, Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, Gavin McInnes, or Milo Yiannopoulos, do not advocate for political violence, racial violence, or systematic censorship, yet once again I am, and my party is, racist, violent, sexist. I just can’t buy it.

Freshaman Lauren Becerra

Sophomore Nathan Eckler

What political ideology do you identify with?

Senior Sarah Douglas

“For most social things, I identify as strongly liberal, but I think the connotations that the Democratic party has and the political separation that is happening in America puts me off from calling myself a Democrat.” Dec. 2018

Senior Mahkadha Kalayu

“Independent. I find that people have a lot of biases that go into choosing their political party, and I think that is important when it comes to objective issues to not let a subjective party decide that for you.”

“I lean toward more liberal, but I haven’t really labled myself as anything. I still have yet to explore what I believe in because I’m only a freshman, but I am definetly not a Republican.”

“I would say I am generally to the right. I don’t really have a specific thing because there’s a lot of different little sub-sections. Nobody is the same, nobody has the same ideology.” 15

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