Staff Editorial: Students’ ignorance takes to Twitter

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Significance of naturalization ceremony overlooked

It’s a sad state of affairs when ignorance is considered a legitimate point of view in a supposedly educated society.

When the college hosted a naturalization ceremony for immigrants on Friday, March 28, over 100 people attended from 50 different countries. All the while, plenty of students erroneously tweeted that the event was somehow drug-related and warned students to stay away from the Carlsen Center where the event was being held.

How they arrived at the conclusion that an event to naturalize American citizens was an attempted drug bust at the college displays a complete lack of thought process in the brain. To be fair, it’s possible they were joking in a pathetic attempt at humor, but this isn’t a laughing matter. These people worked hard for years to get to this point, all for some halfwit college students to make a mockery of it. No wonder this country ranks so low on the educational ladder.

For example: “Drug dogs at JCCC… I repeat drug dogs at JCCC. Everyone hide your drugs.” This tweet was not all by its lonesome self, either. Throughout the day, students tweeted about the event, making flippant statements in complete ignorance of an event which should be celebrated and admired.

Perhaps, instead, these college students just don’t understand the greatness of this country. Or the privilege it is to become a citizen.

Sure, the country has its problems. Politically the nation is polarized on a whole host of issues, ranging from affordable healthcare, to how to deal with the developing situation in the Ukraine. But in comparison with the rest of the world, America still stands out exceptionally.

The significance of this event was lost for these college students who clearly take for granted the freedoms so many have waited years to call theirs, but you can be sure it wasn’t lost for these immigrants. And that’s where we will conclude with this.

To those who were in attendance of the naturalization ceremony, let us extend our sincerest congratulations, and our apologies for those of us who fail to see just how significant of a step this is for your lives. And to those students who understood the significance of this day, and chose not to involve themselves in the discourse of Neanderthals on Twitter, thank you for your decency.

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