The Challenges of Being a Conservative High School Student in the Bay Area

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Thursday, August 8, 2019


Where I live, it’s not that hard to spot open hostility toward conservatives. The mindset that any idea which is somewhat right-wing holds hateful intentions is a very pervasive mindset in the place I call home, the California Bay Area. The Bay Area is liberal to say the very least. In the last presidential election, 75% of the votes cast were for Hilary Clinton. 

Public high school was my first real introduction to liberal viewpoints. In fact, just my fourth month into high school, a school-wide event that aroused anti-conservative sentiment took place. 

The student body organized an anti-Trump march around school following his presidential election. Any student was allowed to join the march, but the most intriguing aspect to me was that teachers were actually encouraging their students to take part in the rally. These patterns of subtle political bias by teachers became more evident as the years went on. In my experience of three years as a student of a public school in the Bay Area, I’ve noticed that the continual jabs at the right coupled along with offhand comments about Trump are commonplace.

It’s definitely hard to feel comfortable when you’re surrounded by people who abhor your political views. The unpleasant looks that come your way or the constant fear of people rejecting you just because of your political beliefs never make for pleasurable experiences.  But in the end, I can’t really blame them. Many of them were raised in an echo chamber, and their views never had a chance to be challenged. Many of them grew up around people confirming their beliefs, and never sought to check themselves or others that were deemed “evil.” 

I’m not going to lie and say that the people here are “braindead leftists,” because they’re not. They truly believe in the ideals they hold, and I respect that. Although I think a bit of open mindedness about other political beliefs can go a long way in my area, that’s not to say that they aren’t great people. The Bay Area is a perfect example of why we need more diversity of thought in our schools. I hope to bring some conservative ideals such as belief in the free market and personal responsibility to my friends and others. 

Caleb Kim is a high school senior in California. He enjoys following politics and reading up on the latest news. He loves to play guitar and watch Jeopardy

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Caleb Kim

Caleb Kim is a high school senior in California. He enjoys following politics and reading up on the latest news. He loves to play guitar and watch Jeopardy

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