While as editors of The Index we do not wish to add to the political divisiveness within our school and our country at this time, it is our duty to promote the candidate who best represents the values of our school that are inculcated in its students: this candidate is unequivocally former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden wishes to mend the wounds of racism and to restore political civility to our nation’s great democracy.
While we understand that much, if not the majority, of our school community identifies itself with the values of the Republican party, we feel that this is not a time to vote among party lines. 2020 is a year that has not followed precedent of any kind, and so we urge you to find the courage to do what is right for our community.
Recently, our community has suffered immensely in two ways; the first and most present right now is around the issue of race. We, as a school, have consistently alienated students of color, and their voices have now been heard with the growing presence of the Black Lives Matter movement; however, as the Diversity Alliance has often said, change must come from the top down. For this reason, we need a president who can empathize with the marginalized communities of our country in a way that is genuine and will incite permanent change.
We, as young people of this country, need a model for what is right to sit in the office of the president, not a person who, intentionally or not, has created divisiveness surrounding this issue. Vice President Biden will provide the solidarity needed to move forward on unifying our country on the racial front.
Having an experienced politician and man of character such as Joe Biden in the office of the president will bring our community closer and allow us to learn how to better express and discuss our opinions.
Similarly, Vice President Biden will unify us in restoring political correctness and a longstanding American tradition of respectful political debate. We have noticed and participated in far too many heated political battles in the halls of our school to support a candidate who will only add to them. We hope that having an experienced politician and man of character such as Joe Biden in the office of the president will bring our community closer and allow us to learn how to better express and discuss our opinions.
This election is not one for party politics or voting on political ideology. This election has become about the character of our country and ultimately our school, and while we hope this piece will cause you all to think about what kind of candidate you truly want as our next president, we fully understand if you disagree, for this is the essence of a democracy. However, if we reelect the current president, we fear that this will no longer be the normal: where the two sides of our party system grow further apart and slowly lose respect for the other.
So for the sake of our school and of the country, The Index formally endorses the Democratic nominee for the presidency, former Vice President Joseph Biden.