The In-Between

Today was good and bad and sort of in-between.

The good: Alison from the Library Freedom Project got me out of 4th & 5th period today with a super clutch assembly.

The bad: At said assembly, Princeton High was sufficiently embarrassed by the omnipresent vocal minority. Once again.

The in-between: I wasn’t surprised. Just unimpressed.

For those of you who decided to skip the assembly and have only heard about its contents in passing, allow me to briefly fill you in: The NSA is watching us, they always have been, always will be. The only difference is that now we’re being watched by the Trump administration and they hate 1/2 of us. Alison was giving us tips on how to protect ourselves online, how to protect ourselves during a protest, what our rights are and how to get away with watching Netflix in school. Pretty nice intel if you ask me.

She also managed to point out white privilege on several occasions- so yeah I loved her.

But noooooooo, regardless, we at Princeton High School do not appreciate listening to “crazy Feminazi bitches who think they know everything.” Nor do we understand “why [we would need] to protect ourselves online if we have nothing to hide.” I mean, c’mon- isn’t that “going against the government.” Ya know- the people “trying to find terrorists?”

Those quotation marks aren’t arbitrary. These are actual things people said today.

Honestly, she could’ve been talking about Timbuk-freakin’-tu, it wouldn’t have mattered- the point is not the content, but instead the blatant disrespect this woman was shown today. Was it because she’s a woman? Or because she called the wanna-be fratboys out for cheering for Trump? Probably both.

But like I said- not surprised. In conjunction with the pointless cheering, which bordered on heckling, and obnoxious clapping, I was completely unvexed by the behavior of our special student body. And yet- I seemed to be the only one.

At break, numerous people voiced concern and shock at the behavior of the crowd. Which is strange to me. What’s shocking? Were you like, not here last year? We know what our school is made of, and it’s freakin’ embarrassing.

So, to all of you who just couldn’t keep it together during the assembly, I address you in the same manner as your fearless leader on 60 Minutes the other night. In the words of Donald Trump, rather- in the words of President-Elect Trump: “Stop it.”

Inspiring, I know.

Until next time,



3 thoughts on “The In-Between

  1. Although I agree that she was treated unfairly, and much of the anger towards her may have been misdirected, I felt that her presentation was deeply flawed, and honestly quite patronizing. First off, let me be clear and say that I am acutely aware of the role that white privilege plays in our society and something must be done about it, but unfortunately the fact of the matter is that it is a controversial issue, and therefore cannot be blindly construed as fact without rustling a few feathers. Whether you like it or not, the truth simply is that it is a partisan theory, and therefore we cannot simply state it in public schools. The goal of public schools is to give students the tools to form opinions, not to directly feed those opinions to them. Instead of blindly throwing out the phrase white privilege, show us graphs and statistics. Conservatives will not be swayed if we continue to present it as a sort of “agree with me or you’re racist” thing. If we present them with compelling evidence, and they still disagree, we can then conclude that there is probably some racism or at the very least willful ignorance ingrained. Although, after typing all that, it strikes me as kind of strange that I have spent so long on the topic of white privilege in a discussion about cyber security, as the two are seemingly unrelated, which I believe just goes to show that she unnecessarily politicized the issue, immediately losing the respect of any conservatives in the room. Again, we are a public school, and therefore should try to stay as unbiased as possible.

    Furthermore, I find it difficult to find much validity in the presentation, even after stripping away the partisan comments. The idea that to keep safe we must always use TOR and VPN is honestly, in my opinion little more than tin-foil conspiracy. While I admit that I can imagine many exceptions where those privacy measures are necessary, for the average internet user it is absolute overkill. Simply keeping your social media accounts as “friends of friends” or “friends only”, using safe passwords, and connecting from secure networks, is plenty to keep you safe online. TOR is a browser used frequently for illegal activities, buying drugs, hiring hitmen, and downloading child pornography to name a few. For the average internet user, it is not going to provide much more in the way of safety, and is honestly not something that she should encourage an entire auditorium of students to download. If I heard correctly, it appeared she had some personal stake in TOR, pointing to a possible conflict of interest which on top of everything else leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    I concede that fifth amendment rights are important, internet security is a serious issue, and government spying is a reality of our world, but these issues were overshadowed by a very paranoid approach to everything. “Trust no-one, everyone is a potential enemy, lock yourself down or you’re doomed” is what I pulled from the assembly. Cooperating with the police is important, completely locking yourself down is unnecessarily paranoid, and blind partisanship with absolutely zero regard for dissent is tearing our society apart.

    Then again, I am straight, I am white, I am male, so I am admittedly missing some perspective on this, but I like to believe that I am a liberal, an ally, and a strong advocate of social justice.


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    Respect & Love

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