I’m a young female conservative in a blue state.

Lyrah Panarigan; Honolulu, Hawai’i My name is Lyrah Panarigan, and I am a young female conservative who supports President Trump.  On the morning of Sept. 11, 2019, I briskly walked through the school halls to meet up with my friends before school started, styling a white bucket hat and an outfit to match (American colorsContinue reading “I’m a young female conservative in a blue state.”

Coronavirus has shattered the image of American exceptionalism, and it’s about time

Photo from the public domain. Lily Nevo; Bryn Mawr, PA— Optimism during a time of relentless crisis is a mere band-aid over a gash. It would be useless and, quite frankly, dishonest of me to spend my time spewing inspirational one-liners about how we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever. Ironically, what doesContinue reading “Coronavirus has shattered the image of American exceptionalism, and it’s about time”

Alex Morse and the Democratic Party’s queer double standard

Drawing by Gigi Silla. Gigi Silla; Washington, DC— I’ve never been one for politics. Sure, I hate Trump and stan Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as much as the next Washingtonian teen, but I’ve never obsessed over primaries and Senate seats the way some of my peers do. So even I was surprised when I signed up toContinue reading “Alex Morse and the Democratic Party’s queer double standard”

Now is the time to abandon racist sports nicknames

Mason Arneson; Hopkins, MN— The Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins, two major sports teams whose franchise names are slurs for Native Americans, announced in the past week that they would review and possibly swap their team names for new, less culturally offensive alternatives. The debate has been raging for decades now, and with the waveContinue reading “Now is the time to abandon racist sports nicknames”

Mississippi’s state flag is gone, but the work is far from over

Violet Jira— To be Black in Mississippi is to exist in a constant state of ambivalence.  I love my state immensely, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder if that love is misplaced, if my state loves me back.  I grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, between the cotton fields and beneathContinue reading “Mississippi’s state flag is gone, but the work is far from over”

Being pro-choice in a conservative state

Anvitha Reddy— Surrounded by my liberal peers, I gave speech after speech analyzing progressive policy and debating it’s nuances. In my bubble of traditionally liberal high school debate, I almost felt safe from the attacks on my human rights happening across the nation and sometimes forgot I lived in one of the country’s most conservativeContinue reading “Being pro-choice in a conservative state”