We go off to college having spent the last eighteen years following the rules of our parents, schools, and local government. Then we get to college, follow their rules so we can graduate, get a job, just to follow more rules. We’ve gotten so used to doing what we’re told that rarely do we stop to question the right or wrong of situations, rules, policies, and laws. In fact, we’ve become so good at following rules that even when something seems unfair or unlawful, for whatever reason, we push that thought aside and think, “What can I do? I’m just one person.” or “someone else will take care of it.”
We’ve forgotten to use our most powerful and underutilized weapon to effect change; our voice. Only through raising our voices can we inspire change in our communities, our colleges, our universities, and in our city, state and federal governments.
I’m just a simple young women from small town America. My parents aren’t giants in the political, financial or business arenas of life. However, they did teach me to go after what I want and to stand up for what I believe in, even if that means standing alone. I started a Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Blinn College wanting to educate my fellow peers on the importance of the constitution, to get students excited about politics and to get them engaged in the political process.
I went onto campus February of last year to recruit for the newly forming YAL chapter and to get the word out about this new club on campus. Blinn College is in a very small conservative country town, so choosing the second amendment as a topic was a no brainer. We had a lot of traffic and more sign-ups than we could have hoped for. That’s when we were approached by Blinn administration and three armed police officers who informed us of an email they received from an offended student and proceeded to say that we could not talk to students about guns on campus without special permission. As a young person in America, we take for granted the freedoms our founding fathers fought so hard to protect. I didn’t realize the importance of free speech until I no longer had it. Contacting FIRE was the easy part, how could I tell others to stand up for what they believe in, if I wasn’t willing to do the same?
I hope that by standing up and using my voice to demand unlawful policies be changed at Blinn College, that I will inspire other people to find their voice and effect change wherever they are. That it will challenge them to stand up for their liberties and the liberties of those around them. We can make a difference for generations to come by using our voice to to stand up for the basic principles we live by. In the end, I learned that one person can always make a difference. I challenge you to find your voice, make a difference, and bring about a freer future for everybody.Published in