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Legalizing All Drugs is Morally and Practically Beneficial

By Indri Schaelicke | United States

Since the passage of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the War on Drugs has destroyed countless lives. This campaign often oversteps constitutional restrictions to searches and seizures without warrants or probable cause. Worse than this, however, is the pain it inflicts upon families. For mere use of an illicit substance, the state takes people away from their loved ones.

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Wealth Creates More Privilege than Race

Nate Galt | United States

Much of the current political discussion surrounds the controversial topic of privilege – many believe that the white race has more privileges than people of color do, and others believe that straight people are better off in society than homosexuals. While those categories may make one privileged at a certain place and time, there is no bigger privilege than wealth. Wealth, universally, gives someone opportunities and offers them more possibilities. If they happen to be a billionaire who is a transgender, lesbian, African-American woman, they are infinitely more privileged than a heterosexual white homeless man. The privilege of wealth trumps any other supposed notion of privilege. 

“White privilege” is a term used by those who label themselves “progressive” or as a crusader for “social justice”, to say that white people have many privileges that non-whites do not have. This phrase can also be combined with “male privilege,” “straight privilege,” or “cisgender privilege.” A popular talking point in their circles is that statistically, being white reduces your risk of being shot by a police officer and being male reduces your chances of being raped. While these statistics are certainly true, minimizing those chances does not indicate privilege. Special programs that encourage gender and racial diversity in the classroom and in the workplace have been created. One such program, Affirmative Action, decreases the chances of a white man getting accepted into college. Men are approximately three times more likely to be homeless than women are, and are at a higher risk of committing suicide. One group is not more privileged than another; each group has its own hardships.

A notable “progressive” description of white privilege appeared as a musical skit on the A.B.C. channel on Australian television. The segment depicts two people trying to cross a stream. One person, who is said to be a straight white man who speaks English and was born in a peaceful nation, waits with a woman who the writers say cannot speak English, has dark skin, and is a refugee. The segment shows the methods that each person uses to cross the rapid. The writers say that since the white man is inherently privileged because of the color of his skin, he uses teleportation to get across. The skit then shows the woman swimming across the stream and then getting sick. The lyrics of the segment say that because she is female, cannot speak English in an English-speaking country, and has brown skin, she has to swim across the stream. As a result, she catches a cold. This description of privilege could be no further from the truth. The justification for the man using teleportation is that he has certain privilege that the woman does not. Not all heterosexual white men have privileges that darker-skinned refugee women do not. The deciding factor of who has or does not have privilege is wealth and/or material possessions. LeBron James, a multimillionaire African-American legendary basketball player, has many more doors open for him than an impoverished white man. Even if James were to become transgender and subsequently come out as a homosexual, he would still have privilege that the aforementioned poor white man would not. 

Phrases such as “white privilege” are extremely divisive rhetoric.  Implying that someone is privileged because of their sex, sexual orientation, or the color of their skin will divide people into several distinct groups at odds with each other. Instead of uniting one another and saying that no matter who we are, we are fellow Americans, some keep pushing identity politics. Our country is already divided into two distinct camps as a result of the congressional duopoly of Democrats and Republicans. Dividing the United States of America any further could cause an inseparable rift. 

Political discourse must move away from “white privilege” or any other category which is not based on wealth. The wealthy, no matter their skin color or their gender, are incredibly more privileged than a poor person of any race. Every group has their hardships that society should work to fix. We, as a community, should combat these struggles together. Preaching identity politics in the name of fighting nonexistent “white privilege” will only drive us farther apart. 

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“It’s Okay to be White” Posters Spark Outrage

By Austin Anderholt | USA

This week, “It’s okay to be white” posters have been propping up on college campuses and cities everywhere, and it is absolutely driving the left nuts. The simple posters, which seem to be an act of the /pol/ community on the imageboard 4chan, have sparked outrage on college campuses.

Many leftists are deciding that is not okay to be white. Concordia University Student Micah Ferden said, “[I] was really shocked that someone had the guts to do this because we try to promote diversity so much and seeing this is saying hey, we still have students who aren’t fully invested in this diversity message.”

Many others took to Twitter and other social media platforms to bash this piece of free speech, while many /pol/ users are praising the posters.

In my opinion, the left is destroying itself with their reaction to this. Some stations have even reported that the police have been called to investigate this. College liberals seem to be stunned that people are allowed to not share their ideas of forced “Diversity” based on videos online of people ripping the posters down.

The posters were also found at a Maryland high school Wednesday morning.

The principal at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring contacted families, informing them that the signs were discovered on 10 doors at 5:45 a.m. and removed by staff before students arrived for ­class.

“We are taking this seriously and are investigating this incident,” wrote Renay Johnson, the school’s principal. “Our research so far has indicated that this may be part of a concerted national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school and community. The same flier was posted in other cities and communities this week.”

I would like you to read that again. Imagine all of the forced diversity programs that go on at college campuses and American High Schools. If a poster saying “Be diverse! Anti-Diversity is evil” was posted, the left would be totally silent. But when students post something that differs with the left’s agenda, then all of a sudden they’re “Taking this seriously and investigating the incident.”

One might think “These posters are racist and unauthorized! The action that’s being taken is not overboard” and if the posters were racist, I would fully agree with you. However, these posters simply existed in a political climate where people are indoctrinated to hate whomever the left deems “Privileged.” Imagine being so brainwashed against being white, that when someone says “It’s okay to be white”, that you freak out, and demand that any opposing opinion must be silenced with force.

I personally do not agree with the implications of these posters, but not to the point of militarization that the left is attacking free speech with. With a simple look on 4chan, you can discover that the word “okay” was purposefully used because of its weakness. 4chan knew that the left was going to make a fool out of themselves. These posters represent much more than a simple message. They represent that, at the end of the day, the left will do anything to silence opposing opinions.