Ian Schildgen’s response: What are Civil Rights to you?

Ian Schildgen’s response: What are Civil Rights to you?

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As a result of the state-mandated suspension of large meetings for the next several weeks, the 2020 Distinguished Lecture will not occur this April. However, in an effort to continue the important conversation about Civil Rights and our community values at UW-Platteville, the Exponent is still accepting submissions in response to the question, “What are Civil Rights to me?”
University of Wisconsin – Platteville student Ian Schildgen says: when it comes to most people, I feel as though they do not realize how important some of the rights they have are. Whether it be going to vote or voicing your opinion, civil rights are of the utmost importance. When I hear the term civil rights, I take pride in knowing that I have something that can never be taken away from me regardless of my race, religion, etc. These rights give most people security in knowing that they have something that cannot be taken away from them. These rights give more and more people hope. For example, I remember when I turned 18 and I was finally allowed to go vote at the polls. Knowing my rights, I took full advantage of my ability to vote, knowing that there was no one standing in my way to oppose my decision. Many other places in the world do not have the luxury of fundamental rights, which is why they are so sought upon in America. Some people take pride in their rights and if you try to take them away, they will not go down without a fight. After all, you are entitled to your opinion whether it be right or wrong.
In conclusion, civil rights are something that all of us, no matter where we come from, should hold onto and cherish as they are very powerful in that they enable us to be free.
We are currently accepting submissions and will accept submissions through May 1. Please send questions or submissions to Dr. Pip Gordon, [email protected]