By: Julia Wengier | Editor in Chief
September 5, 2019
In a time where the country is so vastly divided on a number of different issues, extremities exist in both directions. Meanwhile, everyone is told to put aside their differences and come together despite their contrasting opinions, since we are capable of respect.
Although it is ideal that the country meets in the middle rather than continuing to divide, there are certain “opinions” that cannot be respected. Invalidating someone’s life or rights as a human being is not a political opinion, and saying so excuses the very nature of these dangerous mindsets.
The immigration crisis can be used as an example. In theory, it makes sense to accept someone regardless of their immigration beliefs, but in practice, it becomes the issue of whether or not children should be separated from their families. This is entirely different than general immigration policies. Normalizing the ongoing abuse and human rights violation at the border brings the nation closer to a modern-day Holocaust. It is not a matter of politics whether any person, legal or illegal, should be given the right to their families, to hygiene, to privacy, to comfort, or to basic necessities.
Choosing to support or enable these grotesque actions is not respectable, nor is anyone entitled to this “opinion.” More importantly, anyone with a moral compass knows that “uniting” with those who believe in hate at its core only dismisses and enables the hate.
It is essential to the safety of this country that hate remains unacceptable.
Even if it results in a divided country, at least there is a side fighting injustice set by the majority of the country over centuries.
With straight, white males having the upper hand for most of history, it isn’t surprising that minorities are facing backlash for fighting for acceptance in society. In addition to the border crisis, almost anyone is at risk for receiving political hate.
“Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you need to spread it to the world,” San Clemente High School senior Amarii Sandoval said. “I don’t need to hear or respect how you hate a part of me.”
With LGBTQ rights expanding and gaining increasing attention, there are those who express their “opinions” about the community. While there is some discussion about the true definition of gender, sexuality, and whether they are on a spectrum, there are also uneducated, ignorant individuals attempting to weigh in on the subject. This entails anything from accepting a lesbian couple purely because they are attractive to refusing to respect someone’s preferred pronouns. At that point, the discussion has changed from a discussion to an alienating of those who are different. Whether or not to respect those who are trans is not a political opinion, nor should anyone accept it as such.
“In times of political tension, especially modern-day, people allow their true intentions to show, and excuse the opposing side’s backlash as sensitivity,” senior Ana Gallardo said. “Since many morals are intertwined with politics, it’s easy to excuse a racist or inappropriate opinion as an opposing political opinion.”