Why you should share your political beliefs

Ariana Scott, Staff Writer

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From my experience in history classes, discussions about all kinds of things about our government and country take place. People find it weird or unnecessary to share their political beliefs and often assume that they should keep it to themselves because of the being judged. See, with me, I like to know where someone’s head is at when we are in a debate or some type of discussion; whether it’s about the President, what class they are in, and what they believe would make a good country or government. For example, teachers never want to share their opinion to the students because they don’t want complaints from parents or administration, but if you are teaching a subject like U.S History or Government, then sharing your opinion is very important. I understand where the teachers are coming from and they aren’t trying to hear all that mess from everyone, but sometimes you have to have that “Who Cares?” mentality and express yourself.

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The huge problem when it comes to sharing your stance and beliefs is when it  comes to what class you are in, who you voted for, or how you feel about the governments decisions. You can go up to a teacher or even a student sometimes and ask them, “Are you a democrat or a republican?” Some people can get tensed up and defensive with their answer and will most likely not tell you anything. Why do they do this? Who knows? I’m not quite sure on why people care about being judged based off of what class they are in. People automatically assume that if you are a Democrat, you are broke and helpless; or if you’re are a Republican you are rich, obnoxious, or racist. I think people just need to accept the fact that people are judgmental but some aren’t…and they are understanding.

It’s all about your audience as well. If you know your audience well and know that they are mature enough to listen and not judge you for your beliefs, then speak about it. If you know you have a sort of immature audience, or if you teach a class who isn’t quite familiar with your stance, then OK yeah, I get why you wouldn’t feel the need to share.

I spoke to some students on the Roosevelt campus and asked how they feel about the whole situation. “It’s okay to share your stance on a certain subject, you just have to go about it in a respectable manner,” says Adriana Martinez, a senior at Roosevelt.

 

For future students,teachers, or anyone who has something to say about a topic you strongly believe in, say something. Who cares about the backlash you might get or what people are going to think of you? You will always have that crowd that agrees with you and another that disagrees.

 

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