Being Political Isn’t a Bad Thing
by Prathusha Yeruva
We currently live in a truly revolutionary age of American politics. With a Presidential election on the horizon, it seems that everyone has an opinion on important political issues. However, sometimes it feels as if discussing politics with others is discouraged. You may have observed that if you ever foster an open discussion about politics, you may have been told to stop being so “political.” While there are definitely places where you should avoid talking about controversial issues, it is important to understand that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with getting involved in American politics. On the contrary, it is probably a good idea to keep up with the news and continue to develop your political opinions.
The United States Congress is a pretty good representation of the diversity that exists within American politics (hint: there isn’t much). American politics are dominated by white men, who obviously cannot accurately represent the identities of millions of Americans. Therefore, it’s important for Americans with different backgrounds to get involved in the political process. Whether that means getting out to vote, volunteering for a political campaign, or perhaps even running for office, it’s essential to exercise your political right as an American citizen.
The most important thing is to not forget that you are allowed to express your political opinions. The best place might not be school, work, or a religious gathering, but feel free to discuss current events among your friends and family. Give yourself space to express your opinions and grow from the views and ideas of those close to you. Don’t forget about the right you have to be “political.”