Civility and Glenelg; A New Future?
By: Zorais Naroo
It’s not hard to see how the past 4 years have isolated friends and family over political differences. Trump did this so that his campaign would appear as something “new” and “exciting”; a break from the ordinary towards right-populism. Due to the polarized environment created by the past 4 years, we should get to work to resolve issues in Glenelg through discussion.
Trump is refusing to concede the election to Joe Biden, making many students confused over who won. They are taking sides in an argument that shouldn’t even be happening. The Trump Campaign account on Instagram, @teamtrump, posted a letter from the president on November 7th, 2020. In it, he declared that Biden was not the winner of any states until his legal team could get recounts in many states that would decide the winner. Much of the media disagrees, and says Biden’s lead is too large to be overcome by recounts.
Though the post itself has much backlash in the comments, many students at Glenelg have shared this post as fact. The truth is that many students here have learned to trust the president on most things by their family, the internet, and other experiences.
Refusing to accept what the media claims is part of Trump’s rhetoric, and it may be hurting our school.
The need for proper influence has been long overdue. A shocking Gallup poll from February showed that Republicans and Independents are a lot less trustworthy of their local communities when they differ in ideology. Democrats actually increased in this field, being more trustworthy in areas with more ideological variance (Americans’ Trust in People in their Local Area, by Party and Ideology Gap Score).
The truth is, political polarization has been a detriment to the civility of America.
It is crucial that we work together to prevent polarization from going out of hand in Glenelg. We don’t need another racist spray paint incident, we need cooperation among students so that hatred will never have a home here.
There is still hope. A recent Baltimore Sun article detailed the rising influence of the high school’s Black Student Union, a club formed 35 years ago by teacher and coach Philip Johnson and his wife.
The article praises the club’s previous leadership under Raja Ukondwa alongside current president Nicole Wildy for discussing race issues in Glenelg. Our BSU reflects on a nationwide trend away from the bigotry of the 2016-era and towards a new horizon of cooperation. As Joe Biden calls it, it’s a return to normalcy.
But how exactly do we bring about this fair discussion within Glenelg? Encourage discussion of current events and issues during GLAD/SEL time. Question faulty logic using facts, and bring about new ideas for improving our society. Create a social dynamic that encourages truthful discussion of political issues among peers and in clubs.
Until his fans learn about why his logic has flaws, they will always keep supporting him; that’s how haughty populists stay in power.
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