Students can use their voices to promote change
Whether or not you support President Trump’s plan for the wall, it can be agreed that the Cards Against Humanity Company has done a great job expressing their viewpoint and crusading for change. The company has succeeded in using nonviolent yet effective means to delay Trump’s efforts and to stop something they believe to be unethical: the wall.
Living in a time filled with controversy and scandals at every turn, it can seem nearly impossible for us to stand up for what we believe. Whether that’s something as simple as what team we’re rooting for at the Super Bowl or as complex as the ethics of modern politics, stating an opinion leaves us in a vulnerable position. It places us open to ridicule and negative comments that may leave us feeling defeated, as if our thoughts are invalid.
However, voicing our opinions in a civil, nonviolent manner is extremely important both on a personal level, and to society as whole. The only way we can create change is by working for it. Merely hoping for improvement will not result in change; however, peaceful protests, petitions and other forms of activism will make a difference. It is not just our right but our responsibility to stand up for what we believe and fight for equality and justice.
Although it may seem an improbable feat that a high school student can call for change and get legitimate results, we should strive to destroy that belief. There is a stigma around teenagers that suggests we are too young and too confused to make an impact on the world. However, no age requirement can be put on change if we truly believe in a cause and are willing to defend our principles. In a world filled with violence, hatred and prejudice, this society needs people who strive to serve the greater good and are willing to stand up for what they believe.