Earlier this month, Tolerance Day was held on campus where several topics of injustice and intolerance of the past were brought up to students of all grades. Each period had a dedicated topic where speakers from around Sonoma County came to discuss serious instances of intolerance that each have faced due to their race, sexual orientation, and mental illnesses.
During first period, a speaker from SJA spoke about the experiences over 70% of Japanese-Americans endured during World War 2. She brought up how she and her family had to live in unsanitary camps due to the rising racism during the U.S.’s war with Japan during World War 2.
Second period had an immigration panel that featured three people discussing the hardships the endured from immigrating to the states and the family they had left behind. Each had a unique experience as each occurred different a different time periods and countries.
Third period had a panel from the Santa Rosa Junior College’s BSU where each member spoke about the cultural appropriation and racism still occurring throughout the country. They related all of these past injustices to the cultural appropriation seen with the “Ghetto Fab” theme that many past seniors have participated in.
During fourth period, several second-generation holocaust survivors spoke about the stories of their parent’s experiences during World War 2. This panel had replaced long-time speaker Lillian Judd, as she recently had a stroke prior to the event.
Fifth period contained a new addition to the event: Mental Illness. Several peer counselors discussed their own disorders and troubled experiences, all while offering assistance to those who have suffered similar occurrences.
And last but not least, The LGBTQ+ panel returned to give awareness on acceptance for the queer community. Several of Santa Rosa’s own students also appeared in the panel, giving student perspectives on their experiences.
This event, which has been occurring for the last four years, has given hope and understanding to students and teachers alike, saying true to SRHS’s ideals.