El Estoque

The myth of reverse racism

The myth of reverse racism

Claire Yang

January 27, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

“I hate white people.” The phrase has been casually littering social media platforms, and occasionally makes an appearance in everyday life. Making quirky “jokes” by generalizing white Americans has become a custom on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where users poke fun at how white...

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Fixating on grade updates defeats the purpose of online portals

Flora Peng

January 23, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Weeks after the conclusion of the first semester, students are now setting their expectant eyes toward the blessed horizon of summer vacation. Their hopes are high for a successful semester, prompted by a fresh start to the gradebook and the promise of a week-long break between every grading period. ...

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Stand-up comedians are the opposite of racist

Rana Aghababazadeh

January 21, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

n El Estoque’s October issue, EE Opinion explored the dark side of humor, and how people have developed an instinct to deliberately seek offense from humor, especially from race-related jokes. Because modern stand-up comedians heavily rely on race as a primary topic in their sets, many comedy shows may be unsuit...

China currently holding Muslims in “re-education camps”

China currently holding Muslims in “re-education camps”

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

January 19, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

“For four days, they strung me up. My toes barely brushed the ground. For four days, they didn’t let me sleep. Tormenting me, torturing me.” This is only a fraction of the intense torture Omar Bekali went through when he was detained. Bekali is a Kazakh citizen who was born in China and lived there for 30 years. He was in Kazakhstan when Chinese officials escalated the separatism; the day after he came back to Xinjiang ...

New year, same me

New year, same me

Zara Iqbal and Flora Peng

January 12, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

As the holiday season comes to an end, the new year confronts us with the pressure of a supposedly fresh start to the rest of our lives. With this comes the responsibility of setting measurable goals, or rather, resolutions, aimed towards bettering ourselves. But as year after year passes and (perhaps)...

Mapped

Mapped

Charlotte Chui, Ria Kolli, and Mallika Singh

May 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We have certain established expectations when it comes to privacy. For example, we expect privacy when we are alone, when we’re on the phone and when we’re at home. On a day to day basis, these expectations are seemingly met. The problem, however, starts when our expected privacy is taken away. And ...

We regret to inform you…

We regret to inform you…

Charlotte Chui and Jennie Chen

April 11, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

In the midst of college admission decisions, rejection seemingly becomes a commonplace. The rejection from a safety school is unexpected. Your test scores are above average, and you didn’t think your extracurriculars or teacher recommendations were too shabby either. You ask around for your peers’...

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Nathan Stevens

March 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We’ve all had those weeks. The weeks where it feels like there’s a test in each period, where it feels like every teacher forgot students have other classes, where it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. But we do. And after the dust settles and we get a moment to ...

In the Dark

In the Dark

Hannah Lee

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

onta vista, how do you feel? At every rally, we get asked the same question. And at every rally, we answer the same way: We feel good, oh we feel so good, oh! But does anyone really care about what we have to say? Apparently not. It is difficult to believe that FUHSD pays attention to our opinions...

Tone it down: Skin tone doesn’t define us

Tone it down: Skin tone doesn’t define us

El Estoque Staff

November 16, 2017


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

ut of 51 people on our staff, 23 members have been told they are too dark. Eleven members have been told they are too light. All of them have felt that other people observed their skin tones, as if it was something more than just a pigment. Discrimination against someone of a certain race or religi...

Donald Trump’s unprofessionalism on Twitter stirs up anger in the U.S. and other nations

Donald Trump’s unprofessionalism on Twitter stirs up anger in the U.S. and other nations

Nathan Stevens

October 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

uerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria rises to 48.” “At least 59 killed in Las Vegas shooting rampage, more than 500 others injured.” This month has been filled with tragic headlines like these. The stories that are being told by national reporters every day are much more than one sentence...