Editorial_this land is my land

At this moment in time, it’s like history is repeating itself. 

America is in a state where people are coming together to express themselves and their beliefs, but at the same time, it’s at its most divided. 

Friday’s event outside of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a prime example.

The confrontation between the Kentucky Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American man at the Indigenous Peoples March went viral on all social media platforms.  

Videos and photos of high school junior Nick Sandmann and Native American Nathan Phillips, 64, provoked controversial reactions. 

While some people agree that the youth expressing their political opinion is important and part of society’s progression, it can be argued that when it’s done so to spread hatred and emphasize racism, it’s doing the complete opposite.  

Though Phillips admitted to being the first to approach these students, in hopes of breaking up an altercation between them and black Hebrew Israelites that were also there, videos caught the students wearing President Donald Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again” hats and shouting his popular “Build that Wall” chant.  

Racism has always existed but as a society there have been efforts to become open-minded and accepting of others’ cultures and views. The issue is that since the 2016 presidential election, it has somehow become okay for racist comments to be expressed.  

According to the Pew Research Center, more than a third of immigrants enter the country lawfully with a visa.  

Though time and time again, statistics about immigrants in this country suggest the complete opposite of what Trump spews in his speeches, it still seems like his supporters have a misconception on the issue. 

“Build the wall” has become one of the most popular sayings in the past couple of years. Though the creation of the physical wall is still up for debate, Trump’s wish for division is happening. Only instead of a divide between countries, a wall now exists dividing the people of this country. 

The irony in Trump’s MAGA slogan, which is intended to better this country while pushing for Americans to come together, is that it has now created an immense divide by further marginalizing minorities in this country.  

Without respect and acceptance, a country that was intended to give people the freedom to do with their lives what they wanted will end up back in a place where people’s voices are shut down and opinions aren’t heard.  

Friday’s altercation between the three groups who were rallying to advocate for their cause in bringing people together was a total shutdown, building a wall in between the people of America.

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