Opinions matter and should be voiced

Max Whitlatch

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Our civil duty is to know an issue is happening in the Middle East with the radical movement ISIS (Islam- ic State in Iraq and Syria), which may not sound all that bad at first, but the methods used by the radi- cal movement are inhumane and brutal. I could write about the beliefs of ISIS or how they’re evil, but that wouldn’t be much of a story and would repeat information that just about everyone knows. That’s why I have an angle.
ISIS has committed plenty of crimes and has publicly executed innocent people, showing that they are a force not to be reckoned with. Among one of these executed innocents is a woman by the name of Samira Salih al-Nuaimi.
Samira was a human rights lawyer in Mosul, Iraq; she
criticized the radical group on Facebook about their methods. Long story short, she was captured and later publicly executed.
Why is this relevant? Sure, being publicly executed is extreme, but this woman had an opinion (see where I’m starting to go with this?), and she knew what the consequences would be if she made her opinions public. In the year 2014, this innocent woman was executed for having an opinion.
Countries still exist in the world where women have absolutely no rights, yet American women are complaining that they have it “awful”. Sure, I’m leaving myself open for a lot of hate right here, but hear me out.
When the 19th amendment was added to the Constitution in 1920, women were granted the right to vote for a president, and women’s rights have been expanding ever since. Ideally, both genders would be equal, but is that true?
Personally, I believe everyone is equal, and no “superior” ethnicity or gender exists, but that isn’t true for everyone, and the view that everyone is not equal is suppressing “equal- ity” in America and the world.
Questions about gender equality can be traced back to the government (such as women not having to be as- signed to the draft), or even to marketing companies, but people have a choice. We have the power to say “yes” or “no”; we just need to make the right choice.
Life in America is great as men and women can voice
opinions about anything and can be who they are. Although some questionable actions by some of the modern day “feminists” exist, the only thing suppressing women is society’s ideals, not an individual’s.
As a country, we need to take a step back and real- ize we are one of the best countries in the world, where freedoms ring freely and realize how we have the power to change one’s destiny.
Samira was not fortunate enough to live in such a country, yet she still voiced her opinions even though she was going to be star- ing death in the face. If we, the people, do not voice our opinions, of course nothing will change.

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Opinions matter and should be voiced