LGBTIQ+

Thoughts about a process almost everyone had to go through

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A month ago, I watched a movie called “Love Simon”. It’s a typical American high school movie. The cinematic implementation is accordingly basic. The content, however, conveys a clear statement and got me to think about it the whole following day. Simon, the protagonist, doesn’t struggle with his sexual identity, but still, he can’t pluck up his courage to come out as homosexual.

I want to express my thoughts about the delicate topic and explain why coming out is not always an emancipatory moment. Because from what I perceived: Coming out as gay (or as any other sexual identity) isn’t easy. Simon demonstrates the inner conflict between gayness and living normality. …


EDUCATION

Educational challenges during the pandemic

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Since the pandemic has overrun the world we face various challenges regarding leisure time, work, business, health, and education. For instance, in European countries like Germany, the governments ordered the closures of schools and kindergartens as of March 16th, 2020. For high-school graduates, in particular, it was a big challenge to prepare for the exams. Yet, children with fewer resources and capacities did not and still do not have equal opportunities to study.

Coronavirus changed the way of learning

If we look at Germany that reacted relatively fast to the increasing number of infections we will utter on the one hand: “Well done! They show responsibility!” On the other hand, if we look at the school decisions then we will have to admit that the decisions came without any preparation. Of course, there was no more time to create a plan. And maybe the reaction to the pandemic was not rapid, but too rapid for us. It was certainly right to impose a lockdown. Nevertheless, the pupils were confronted with a huge challenge. Pupils who have had a routine before the restrictions have to be a part-time adult now.


DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE

A weak spot of global North’s climate movements

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It is already known climate movements are criticized since they reached a greater range. While one part of criticism can be confidently ignored because it is little or not constructive at all, another part is definitely justifiable. The opinion that the global North’s climate movements are too white and privileged is becoming louder. As well, it is claimed that it exists a lack of global contemplation of climate protection and damage. How much truth is in this thesis? Particularly in times of multiple crises, it is essential to talk about activism and its problems regarding representation. …


EQUALITY AND JUSTICE

Racism is a problem of all of us

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In times in which lockdowns are present due to the pandemic, it is deceptive to assume that other problems, such as the shift to the right, do not exist (or maybe forgotten). On the contrary, racism is still omnipresent. This is shown by . He died on May 25th, 2020, because white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. He choked to death by police violence.

Racism — a problem concerning all of us

Institutional racism is omnipresent. It is not a rare incident. It happens daily and is visible for discriminated groups, but often invisible for the non-discriminated. The recent tragedy concerns nonetheless everybody, not only BIPOC, LGBTQ, women, etc. We live in a world in which we have to coexist, but coexist is in this case the wrong term. I want to live with different people, I want to dip in different minds, cultures, languages, experiences, and stories. …

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David Vilentchik

Berlin | Student of Political Science and Italian (B.A.) | Interlocutor, critic, freethinker, writer | Into politics, languages, culture and philosophy. Say hi!

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