When parents send their children to school, they expect the school officials to take care of them. Parents want their kids to be safe at what is supposed to be the safest place for a child. However, schools are also places where every kid’s rights should be protected. The country has seen an increase in peanut allergies in the last 10 years or so. Many schools like East High have taken the precaution to prohibit the eating of peanuts. Students cannot bring any edibles that contains peanuts due the risk that some students might have a severe allergy.
But the big questions are: Is it right to prohibit the consumption of peanuts? Is it a violation of the rights of the students? And why can’t the student with the allergies bring their own EpiPen in case of emergency? For sure it is for the safety of a few, but in a way stepping on the rights of others. Prohibiting the consumption of peanuts is a violation of the rights of an individual.
Should the safety of a few infringe on the rights of many?
It surely is food for thought.
Black Lives Matter is a movement that was enacted after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter supporters believe that African Americans are targeted by police to destroy the black community.
African Americans are discriminated against and experience police brutality. African Americans rights are limited and they are quicker to be convicted than any other race. They are immediately seen as a suspect of a crime they may have nothing to do with. For example, once an African American is convicted they receive harsher and longer sentences compared to white offenders. One in three black men can be expected to go prison in their lifetime. However, one in seventeen white men can expect to go to prison. This statistic clearly shows how black men are discriminated against. Due to the color of their skin and stereotypes they are immediately found as the guilty party.
Police brutality is experienced mostly by African Americans. I have heard many cases where they are not read their rights, they do not know what they are being arrested for, or they are shot without probable cause. When law enforcement officials dealing with an African American their first go to is to pull out their weapon even if they accused is not presenting any danger. This is the main focus for the Black Lives Matter movement.
To combat and fix all the problems that are being addressed in this movement I believe that all law enforcement officials should have to wear cameras on their uniforms. These cameras will be turned on every time an official is in contact with a civilian and the tapes and audio recorded will be able to be shown to higher authority and be shared with the public. This suggestion will be a solution to two things; the first is it will allow people to see that not all police are bad and they are following the laws and procedures taught to them while being in contact with a civilian and also it will whip any law enforcement official into shape if they were abusing the power granted to them by the government to uphold the peace in Rochester, New York and every other city or state throughout the United States.
The month of November is the month of giving thanks, or giving in general. Sometimes we take the things we have for granted. We sometimes don't realize what we have until it's gone. Some people already know this feeling. Some people don't have clothes, or a place to stay, or a food in their stomachs. Ronald McDonald Houses are a great place to donate to. They help families when there is a family member in the hospital. They give you a room to sleep, a shower, and a bathroom. They provide many resources for needy people. From experience I know this. Ronald McDonald house helped my family out a lot during terrible times. They are a nonprofit organization and the money they receive goes directly to support the house.
Another charity that could use donations this time of year is the Open Door Mission on 156 N. Plymouth Avenue. Any clothing you don't use any more, that's just sitting in your drawers or in your closet, can be donated so someone else could use it. Especially if you're someone who only wears clothing a few times, and rarely wears it again.
A charity for food is Food Link, located on Mt Read Blvd. You can donate food or you can volunteer. There are many opportunities especially with the holiday seasons coming up! If you can't get to any of the charities there are plenty more out there who could use your help. This is the time to be thankful for the things we have and to help others who are less fortunate. So when you’re out holiday shopping, remember to also give thanks this holiday season!