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I am not Beyoncé’s audience

Jamie Halper
June 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

“Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s new album, wasn’t written for me. Sure, it speaks of female empowerment, something with which I connect deeply, and of course, the music itself is exceptional, but I am not the audience for whom it is meant. In the song “Formation,” Beyoncé speaks of her roots ...

Unjust racial inequality exists in education

Sumaya Mohamed
May 19, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

Sometimes, teachers do not believe colored students can pass or take advanced classes. Just because one's skin color is slightly darker, doesn’t mean faith should disappear. Without even knowing who I am and without ever meeting me, the judgment begins. During my middle school years, a policy e...

Publication must work toward equity

Makagbe Kuyateh
May 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

When I enter the Echo room fifth hour every day, I see inequality. Because there are 55 whites and five people of color, I instantly feel I must transform into a different person. My perspective changes, the way I talk changes — my identity changes. For example, I remember when I was assigned ...

Leave your own casa

Jonah Kupritz
May 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

For three weeks last summer, I often found myself up late at night, in a quaint household 8,000 feet in the mountains, engaging in riveting social, political and religious discussions with three people I originally thought I would have little in common with. In Spanish, there’s a famous saying that t...

Racial inequality exists in pop culture

Genesis Buckhalton
May 3, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

I have a habit of paying attention to characters of color in TV shows and movies — I make jokes about how writers kill off the black people first and don't give them any lines. Now that I'm older, though, I have realized it’s not a joke anymore. In 2014, researchers at the University of Southern...

Echo celebrates Racial Equity Month

Hannah Bernstein and Kaylee Chamberlain
May 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns, Racial Equity Month

Welcome to Echo’s Racial Equity Month! Prominently over the past few months, the Park community has faced questions of racial equality and inequality in our district. In light of this recent dialogue, we feel it is extraordinarily important to amplify the voices of those around us who are impacted by...

An open letter to almost-graduated seniors

Zoe Eilers
April 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

College admissions are tough, and the committees behind these decisions can attest to that. They see thousands and thousands of applicants every year, only to allow a certain percentage of those students into their university. Colleges either accept you, defer you, or just straight-up reject you. The wors...

Loving one’s body shouldn’t be shameful

Brigid Duffy
April 23, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

After Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie, the media accused her of exploiting herself and sending the message that girls are only good because of their bodies. While a woman is worth more than her body, that doesn’t mean she should be shamed for showing it off and loving what she has. In Kar...

Inflexible caucus system disrupts voters

Hannah Bernstein
April 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Legislators in all states should abolish the caucus system and institute a policy of open primaries. This will prevent peer pressure and inaccessibility from polluting democracy. Caucuses take place in 13 states, including Minnesota, according to the New York Times. Each state’s caucus is one-of-a-ki...

No-pass list wrongfully punishes unexcused absences

Maggie Bahnson
April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

When the infamous no-pass list came out, I was surprised to see my own name on it. The no-pass list came out after first semester and lists all the students in each grade who must be denied passes from teachers because of poor attendance habits. I had always heard about the no-pass list, but never ac...

‘White feminism’ is not inclusive

Sydney Hall
March 31, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

I am a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class feminist and I recognize my privilege. I recognize, if I wasn’t these things, I would face different issues regarding misogyny. The problem is that many women in my position don’t realize their privilege, and this needs to change. Intersectio...

Modern day feminists are hypocrites

Adah Koivula
March 30, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Feminists brag about being an all-inclusive movement, but that is not the case today. Supposedly, anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or political leanings can be a feminist. Feminism simply means supporting gender equality. The feminist movement has become strongly anti-conservative and ...

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