Politics (25 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. (full text)
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Remi is alarmed by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple—and even on her own block. (full text)
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In the wake of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's murder, Geraldo Rivera went on TV to say that black and Hispanic youth shouldn't wear hoodies because it makes them look menacing. Olivia is outraged and argues that Geraldo's logic is demeaning and ridiculous. (full text)
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After Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot in self-defense, Anthony points out that feeling threatened and actually being in danger are two different things. (full text)
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Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. (full text)
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After Trump is elected president, Emily makes judgments about his voters. Now she "respects all sides of a conversation, instead of tearing down people who don't think the same way I do." (full text)
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Ria examines how black people have been historically oppressed from after the Civil War to the present. “Slavery and legal segregation are still affecting us,” she writes. (full text)
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Atl writes an opinion piece about why he believes Trump’s announcement to ban transgender people from the military is discriminatory and lacks foundation. (full text)
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"Not allowing people into our country who are in search of a better life, like my family, is inhumane," writes Melanie Mata, whose family immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1900s. (full text)
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We now have a secretary of education who has no experience either personally or professionally with public schools. Damali reports on why and how this affects New York City teens. (full text)
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The fact that Hillary Clinton got almost 3 million more votes than Trump but lost the presidential election is confusing to many. Melanie Mata explains how the Electoral College really decides who becomes president and suggests we eliminate it. (full text)
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Teen writers voice their opinions about Donald Trump's history of sexual assault on women and that he feels entitled to that behavior because he's a celebrity. (full text)
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Teens write about what the issues they care most about during this presidential campaign. LGBTQ rights, poverty, gun control, and voter restrictions are some of the topics they cover. (full text)
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The writer, a Stuyvesant High School student, is eligible for free lunch and her family is on food stamps. She writes about how this government assistance benefits her. (full text)
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Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. (full text)
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Climate change isn't a far off concept, it's affecting us now. Cindy urges our politicians to make the issue a priority and to take immediate actions. (full text)
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David reports on a study that finds teachers have noted an increase in bullying during this election campaign and “an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color.” (full text)
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Jaelyn heads down to New York City’s City Hall to cover rally protesting police brutality against black people organized by Millions March NYC, a local group affiliated with Black Lives Matter. (full text)
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Your questions about voting answered. YCteen editors also ask the writers: If you were 18, who would you have voted for in the primary and why? (full text)
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Victor points out that possible presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he himself is an extremist who incites violence. (full text)
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Julieta Velazquez challenges common stereotypes about immigrants, questions the contention that immigrants are taking jobs from American citizens, and asks who really profits from illegal immigration. (full text)
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This teen-friendly guide to the Occupy Wall Street movement—with accompanying videos—explains the financial inequality that activists are protesting. (full text)
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Nesshell summarizes the Shirley Sherrod story that arose in the national news during the summer. She concludes that the way media and government figures reacted to Sherrod's message bodes badly for prospects of racial healing. (full text)
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Brendy knows almost nothing about Frederick Douglass until he attends a play about him. Learning about the ex-slave turned civil rights activist inspires Brendy not only to finish college, but to someday work for social change in his community. (full text)
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Janill interviews fellow high school students to find out what they know about the First Amendment and free speech. She's shocked to find out how ignorant they are about the Constitution and how little appreciation they have for the freedoms it guarantees. (full text)