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I am privileged in many ways that I never even thought of before

To The Daily Sun:

After reading two articles about privilege, one by Alan Vervaeka and the other by Froma Harrop, I became more aware of how I benefit from certain privileges. The first thing I thought about was race. I'm a Cambodian-born, American citizen, whose privilege is more present than I originally thought.

I've always wondered why it was that American/European history was part of my core curriculum, but topics which strike my interest, such as Women Study or African American History, are offered as electives only. Does this mean that Americans and Europeans are more important than women or African Americans? Should I be offended that being educated in Caucasian history has a higher priority over my own races' background? Or is it because America is primarily made up of white faces that have to be reflected in everything as if their life is held sacred in history textbooks?

This issue doesn't end, or begin, with race. There is so much more to it. I am privileged in many ways that I never even thought of. For example, I am able-bodied, meaning I don't have to worry about living my life with the constant struggle of using a wheelchair, or if the book I want is in braille. I am also part of the upper-middle class which dismisses the fear of being unable to pay bills or insurance. However, I am not a natural born citizen, I am not white, nor am I a male. In the words of Gina Crosley-Corcoran, from occupywallstreet.net, "being a white, middle-class, able-bodied male can be like winning a lottery you didn't even know you were playing."





Emma Burgess-Dunn


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I do not believe people voted for Trump just to regain their youth

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to give a different perspective, that of a 16-year-old, high school junior. In response to Mr. Alan Vervaeke's article about voting for Trump as an attempt to regain youth. I want to start off by saying I am not a Trump supporter. However, in this past election, even though I couldn't vote, I would have voted for him. I do not believe people voted for Mr. Trump just to regain their youth. I believe they voted for him because they share similar ideas, or just disagree with Mrs. Clinton's ideas, or just couldn't get behind what she was saying.

I think Mr. Vervaeke is making statements that he cannot back up, like when he talks about the population demographic in a decade. However, I do agree with him when he says that we will all experience the changes Mr. Trump decides to make. I believe that while we will all experience the ripples Trump creates, the younger generation, the "empty-headed college kids" that Mr. Earle speaks of — even though he spelled college wrong — will be the ones who will face the majority of the burden of Trump's presidential term(s).

I think that while arguing can sometimes be good, it is a waste of our time. I think that Mr. Vervaeke and Mr. Earle present good points throughout their frequent debates, which resemble the presidential debates. However, they could better spend their time trying to create change, rather than arguing with each other.

Everybody, myself included, has done nothing but complain about the debate, especially the results, when we should have been trying to create change. We can sit here and argue with each other via the newspaper, or we can go out and try to make change happen.

Cole Winkelmann

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