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BERNARD, INGRAM: Increasing diversity of opinion at Foothill

Ben Bernard '19 and Ian Ingram '19 are Foothill students who submitted this column to our publication as guest writers. Read more about our policies on accepting student content on our 'About' page.

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Due to the recently published article, Introducing Intersections: Increasing diversity in journalism, my partner and I have decided to hopefully shed some light upon a much-needed topic within the Foothill Dragon Press. Throughout the years, the Foothill Dragon Press has been a leading voice at Foothill. Some would say they have led Foothill’s culture in a very narrow, politicized and left-leaning direction, corresponding with the predominant political ideology on campus. However, this column will unveil this bias which has increased a political divide we see at our school. But, before the criticism commences, please note that the following piece is not meant as an attack, but merely as an analysis.  We certainly don’t mean any harm to the Dragon Press (or anyone for that matter)—we simply wish to provide a different perspective on this topic and evoke productive discussion.

According to certain voices in the Dragon Press, many minority groups have been underrepresented in not only journalism but Foothill itself. They paint the picture with a fairly broad stroke saying that ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ+, the disabled, the non-Christians, and others have been affected. However, they make this claim based upon a single statistic that isn’t proof of marginalization. They say that Foothill having a 45 percent population of non-white students, while the Dragon Press doesn’t proportionally, in return means they are leaving out entire voices within the school’s demographics. To quote the recent article, “The Foothill Dragon Press isn’t as diverse as it could be at the moment […] We can’t claim that we serve or represent all students.” However, the only explanation provided states, “there are students who are less inclined to apply (or feel less welcomed to do so) because they don’t see people like themselves on the staff.” This claim is rather vague and absent of any relative or supportive facts that minorities of all categories do in fact believe this.

Also, if it “is not just about race and ethnicity,” why did the writers of this article only included a statistic based on race and ethnicity? Being non-Christian, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or being disabled, has absolutely nothing to do with the statistic that this article gave to support their reasoning. The statistic they put up was irrelevant to how minorities are treated in the Dragon Press. Disproportions don’t automatically warrant prejudice. For example, Foothill as a whole is 46.3 percent male and 53.7 percent female—on the other hand, the Dragon Press staff is 28.2 percent male and 71.8 percent female. That’s more than a 40 percent discrepancy. Additionally, their new-founded dedication to minorities and identity politics seems very confusing to the idea of equality. They said that “Ultimately, Intersections (minority voices) should not be separate,” yet the push is to make it separate, because “it is mainstream media that creates a division.” That is correct. It turns out creating separate categories for minority specific voices, rather than expressing many points of view in the same place, creates, in fact, division. Division creates inequality. 

Many previously published opinion pieces on the Press’s website cover the ideologies they claim to lack. From “What on Earth did Jesus really teach?,” to “There is something critically wrong with Foothill’s administration,” to  “Are you culturally appropriating?,” to “Gentrification, dole whip, the American melting pot,” to “Familial DNA searches are potentially exploitative of people of color,” the Dragon Press historically and currently gets an A+ in political correctness and social justice through their opinion pieces.  So why do they feel the need to apologize on their own behalf of not being minority-savvy enough? Your guess is as good as ours.

While it was never stated explicitly, the evident idea expressed within the article is that “We can’t ignore that the other 45 percent of students are people of color.” True, nobody should feel bullied or unwelcome. But, apparently, Foothill is not accepting enough despite having things like Pride Week, a QSA club, a cultural club, Open Mic events, new left-leaning posters on our walls every week which are often race or gender related, ASB celebrating Black History Month, teachers and administration removing posters that they deem offensive and a Starbucks down the street. But before you jump to the conclusion and say that we are fascists, I ask you to think about this seriously as we have. Foothill is about the most accepting place you could find—that is unless you are an outspoken conservative. (In a follow-up column, we hope to discuss the lack of representation and acceptance as  conservative students at Foothill that we have noticed and experienced.)

By the looks of it, the statement that the Dragon Press has marginalized other minority groups on campus is quite ridiculous. Funnily enough, the recent addition of Intersections is a positive thing for one specific minority group: conservatives. Though it wasn’t stated that they intend to aim to increase the diversity of opinion once in the article, the Dragon Press now allows an outlet for writers such as ourselves to have a voice and I encourage every other conservative at Foothill to say their piece. However, we continue to believe in the same principle: a separate section with separate treatment for any minority group—including ideological minorities—is a dangerous thing. Thank you for reading and we hope you have learned something or perhaps reconsidered your stance in this modern discussion.

We want you to look at the other perspective and be as informed as possible, so please feel free to read the link to the introduction to Intersections, which is linked at the top of this column.

What do you think?
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14 Responses to “BERNARD, INGRAM: Increasing diversity of opinion at Foothill”

  1. Ben Bernard, Ian Ingram on February 20th, 2019 10:42 pm

    This has been an extremely positive experience for the both of us and we would like to thank the Dragon Press for making this possible! We have a newfound respect for journalism!

     
  2. Hannah Yale on February 20th, 2019 11:07 pm

    Hi. First I want to say that this is a very well-written article, and you bring up valid points about the lack of specificity in “Introducing Intersections.” I do agree that making separate journalistic categories for “majorities” and “minorities” creates more division and therefore more potential for injustice, just as the racial “separate but equal” principle in the US did not help the cause of racial equality.
    Now, to your point of Foothill being “the most accepting place you could find” unless you are “an outspoken conservative.” I think you are correct in the assertion that there is a lack of acceptance at Foothill for people with differing ideologies. But what about the LGBTQ, disabled, and non-Christian students that you repeatedly mention? Can you honestly say that Foothill is less accepting of conservatives than it is of people who are transgender or Muslim? Maybe you did not see the anti-Semitic graffiti in the bathroom earlier this year. Maybe you’ve never overheard an able-bodied student making fun of those in the special education program. And maybe you’ve never had someone call someone else a “tranny” on the school bus. But all of these things happen.
    I have no doubt that Foothill could be a far more accepting place for people with conservative ideology. I acknowledge your perspective and your struggles. To achieve true equality among students at Foothill, conservative students must do the same for those LGBTQ, disabled, and non-Christian students that you mention.

     
  3. Young_guy123 on February 20th, 2019 11:17 pm

    One of the best articles I’ve seen on this website for awhile. I personally know both of the writers and I agree with everything they say. Very well written and I agree that conservative voices at Foothill are few and far between doesn’t help that we live in one of the most liberal states in the country. So thank you for this article and expressing the views of some of the people of the FTHS campus that might think their voices aren’t being heard.

     
  4. Young_guy123 on February 20th, 2019 11:34 pm

    Hey its me I’m back kiddos. Just giving another comment because well this is a great article and I applaud both writers for speaking their minds and giving an opinion and voice to a group that hasn’t been heard at Foothill so thanks again.

     
  5. J Runnion on February 20th, 2019 11:41 pm

    Its a dangerous thing these days for a conservative student to speak their mind. I applaud you for your courage and tenacity. Well done!

     
  6. Michael Alesso on February 21st, 2019 12:04 am

    Very well presented. It sure is refreshing to read opinions from young adults that don’t sound like they feel entitled to special treatment. When the world finally admits that we all need to EARN our own way in society, the world will be a better place!!

     
  7. FT student on February 21st, 2019 12:46 am

    Beautifully written! As a fellow conservative, I love to see such positive changes being made. I’m loving the new dragon press.

     
  8. Vincent C. on February 21st, 2019 1:21 pm

    Well written. It takes critical thinking and courage to go against mainstream idealology. There’s always two sides to a coin and it takes both working together to get to the truth. Nice bit of fresh air to hear an alternative voice!

     
  9. dragon_alumni on February 21st, 2019 9:06 pm

    Conservative writers: “There’s not enough conservative representation!”

    Also conservative writers: “Ooh, an opportunity to express our conservative ideology! Let’s complain about liberal writers instead!”

     
  10. Colleen Baida on February 22nd, 2019 9:57 am

    Thank you boys for writing this. “We can agree to disagree “ is NOT in our language today. As Christians, we need to love on each other, but HATE the sins that the BIBLE teaches us. Keep the Christian faith coming!

     
  11. Conservative student at FT on February 24th, 2019 10:30 pm

    This was an incredibly unifying piece and very well written, great job Ben and Ian! With that said, It is so sad that while most people agree with what was said people will like/dislike comments (or even the article its self) based on the political identity of the writer rather than what was actually said. For example Hana Yale posted a fantastic comment that commemorates both authors for the positive aspects brought about in this article while also mentioning the various grievances she had with the article. She posted something that is a mainstream liberal opinion and people decided to spam the dislike button. Also there are 10 people that rated the article as “awful” , I really want to have a conversation with the radicals that disagree with the concepts said in the article (With respect to the concept of Intersections and diversity). This Is a good representation of modern America and Foothill if you ask me. There are few rational ideologues for people to get unbiased information. And those with the most inflamed opinions are handed a microphone relative to the size of their egos. I read the first Ingram/Bernard rendition (wich was not posted) let me tell you it dose not say anything different and I agree with it all the same, but it was angry (which they will both attest to). But this is an example of how far you will go if you are willing to work with the other side. You start to unify the nation one article at a time. I commend these two men and the dragon press!

     
  12. guacamole on February 25th, 2019 1:54 pm

    guac

     
  13. Jack Herer on March 4th, 2019 2:05 pm

    Great article. I really hope the Dragon Press continues to allow politically diverse opinions to be published, as this can only positively contribute to the political discussions on campus.

     
  14. Stalin did not do anything wrong on March 4th, 2019 2:42 pm

    Liberals and conservatives will get the bullet when the communist revolution comes. Religion shall be purged from this world and the truth shall return. Students of foothill, Unite! -Communist party of Foothill high

     

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