several current hot topics inspire
students to take action
Censorship was a demonstration
of fear," Sophomore Adrian Ozuna
said. " Censorship is anti-democratic
and a threat by fundamentalists to
control thought. Censorship organizations have attempted to oversee
what was taught in the schools."
Ozuna said, 'The American
Family Association stipulates family
and school values that should be followed, and those standards that are
not met, should be. For example, The
Diary of Anne Frank was banned in
high schools because it teaches religion." But books are not the only
medium subject to censorship.
On the subject of music, freshman
Howard Rushing said, 'Two Live
Crew was targeted against black art
ists. It was felt they were too violent."
Freshman Ralph Aberico said, "The
sherrif who arrested Two Live Crew
was taking bribes and was not reprimanded because rap uses profanity."
Sophomore Nicholas Mortemayor
told how MTV "...banned Madonna's
'Justify My Love' video because it
showed her making love to an androgynous charachter. Television is
censored by each production and the
cinema has been censoring itself since
the 1930's. Censorship is a limitation
on education and intellectual growth."
Mortemayor added, "Editing and
cutting a film sometimes alters the
film's meaning and the director's intentions." -Merril Baum
Below: Banned books were displayed at the Sattellite by the ProgressiveStudent Union. Photo by Vivian Lee
Above: Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner,
The Stars and Stripes, The Old Red, White, and
Blue, it still has a meaning, a place in society,
right? Photo by Angela Snyder.
ow easily issues were manufactured during the eighties and nineties.
President Bush got up in arms over
the issue of flag rights. It was so
important to him he wanted a constitutional amendment. Sophomore
Adrian Ozuna said, "It is truly sad.
There are three million homeless in
the U.S. and we argue about a flag."
It seems strange that with all the
flag waving, no one really knew the
correct ettiquette for the Stars & Stripes.
Ozuna said, "Almost every flag is improperly displayed. It seems no one
has read the flag code. When Bush
wrapped himself in it, he was flagrantly violating that code. We should
be interested in what the flag symbolizes, not the actual cloth." He also noted
that the flag burning was a statement
on the condition of the nation, not as
a sign of disrespect. We should be
interested in the quality of life in this
country, not whether we are burning a
piece of cloth that means less and less.
Many of our country's war veterans who had put their lives on the line
were offended when protesters burned
flags.To them it added serious insult
to painful injury.
Ozuna said, "Less than 3% of ths
country's population uses food
stamps, yet they are used as an excuse
for this country's troubles. That is what
happened with the flag burning
issue.. .it is just another distraction from
the real issues that need to be faced
today." -Merril Baum
he abortion issue of the 1990's
was a reflection of the American culture. Sophomore Adrian Ozuna said,
"We Americans don't know who we
are anymore. We are still a teen-aged
country. On one hand we want to
change, and on the other we want to
keep the status quo."
Senior Andrew Monzon said,
"when I came to UH in 1988,1 was a
pro-life advocate. However, I quickly
changed my mind as my education
progressed. I think my religeous upbringing heavily contributed to my
pro life ideas."
It seems that pro-choice meant you
wanted the right to make your own
decisions, and pro-life meant you im
posed your views on everyone else
whether they agreed with you or not.
Sophomore Monica Lopez said, "We
used to feel protected by the Supreme
Court, but it is different now and we
need to show concern. The way to do
this is to march and protest, but no one
wants to make waves. It's very difficult to find people who are willing to
march for pro-choice, but it's easy to
find people who want it."
Abortion was a really hot
topic..one never knew what to expect
when discussing it. Many felt that it
was inappropriate to spend tax dollars debating something that should
have nothing to do with the
govornment.- Merril Baum
Below: Protestors listen at a pro-choice rally held at the Satellite during Fall '91. Photo by Vivian Lee