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Coming to the Table: Diversity at BC High

Huy Tran ‘17, Opinions Editor

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image1After Dr. Davis’s informative talk, I would imagine that many in the BC High community feel a bit different on the topics that were mentioned. In the aftermath of the talk, many have voiced their valid concerns on the topics Dr. Davis has discussed.

However, many will soon realize that students will revert back to their busy lives. This is a mere coincidence; everyone’s lives are hectic and there may be an overwhelming amount of responsibilities you have. Because of this, something as proximate as racism in both our local and greater community falls by the wayside. This happens far too often and administration has acknowledged that they do not want this to happen.

As many of you know, this year’s ongoing conversation will be about injustice, racism, and inequity. These are all complex concepts to fully understand and I think a vast majority of students can attest to that. A foreseeable reaction to something of this nature: “How can I change what’s going on in this world and community?”

Fortunately, there are many opportunities that are granted to students here at BC High, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of them. Something as small as having a conversation at home with your parents, conversing with your friends, or maybe reading up on some reliable sources about these issues can go a long way.

With such a laborious task in our hands, the best way to confront this issue is to acknowledge the fact that racial prejudice is tangible and also present in our community. If we recognize that everyone has internal prejudices, we can keep the conversation and efforts going in a positive direction. Experience, insight, and perspective are all key components about truly understanding the underlying role of implicit prejudice in our lives.

Therefore, I would like to come to the table with many of the students who are feeling inquisitive, urged, angered, or just a bit confused on how to take in something of such great impact like Dr. Davis’s talk. Throughout the BC High community, there are many clubs and affinity groups that have the adequate resources and motivation to talk about these challenging subjects. Here are a few of the many more that are offered at this school:

Asian Culture Club: The Asian Culture Club is an organization aimed to build community and friendship by learning about and celebrating different Asian cultures. The club achieves these goals through different games, movies, and hosting events like the BCHS Lunar New Year’s celebration. This club is led by Addy Duong ’17.

Hispanic Latino Association: The purpose of the Hispanic Latino Association is to acknowledge the unique differences of cultures within Latin America and address current events that affect the Latino community through discussions, videos, food, guest speakers, etc. HLA is designed for students to broaden their horizons with cultural experiences that strengthens the community and prepares us to become future advocates for diversity. This club is run by Nico Coloma-Cook ‘17 and Edwin Mejia ‘17.

BLSU: Black Latino Student Union is a club for people to discuss modern social issues affecting African Americans while learning and embracing the unique cultures of black, African, and Latino people. “Through this, we try to build unity and brotherhood despite our differences,” said Samuel Mecha ’17

CVSA: This club is also known as Cabo Verde Student Association. It started three years and is now currently run by Jason Lopes ’17. Each meeting, there are presentations on Cape Verde food and dishes and their own culture. The club leaders teach a little about the language and also talk about modern events and problems.

And someone would ask, “Why should I go to this club? I’m not (insert ethnicity here)” There is a possibility that you may not be able to identify ethnically with many in the club but that shouldn’t stop you from attending. Culture and perspective aren’t exclusive qualities. People should not conflate the idea that being a different skin color or ethnicity denies them the ability to be able to partially understand the problems, concerns, and experiences of another minority group.

I challenge you to take a chance, be open to growth, and to visit one of the next meetings for one of the clubs listed above. Being able to experience each club’s distinct culture will go a long way.

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Coming to the Table: Diversity at BC High