Now that it is 2017 hopefully we can have a much better year than 2016. In this article we will be addressing events that had happened last year and most likely will continue during this year. These topics include the election and racism. At the end of last year there were lots of rude comments being heard throughout the hallways. Some such as “Bye, bye Mexicans” and “You better go back to Mexico.” To my understanding the kids that have said this don't meant to be offensive but are just repeating things that have been said in the election. Although they aren't intending to hurt people, they are offending both latinos and some teachers. So what are we going to do about this? We are not trying to get the students that have said these things in trouble; but we do want to help all Rugby students understand the importance of what they say. We would like to speak up and share that racism is not okay. These remarks are not acceptable words to be said at school and have pushed kids over the edge, even making them cry. When Trump was announced as the president elect, the next few days were rough for some students. Most comments were aimed at minorities that Trump “targets” in a way. Through this article we in no way are trying to start up a fight over this election, we are just trying to help the school understand that these words are not okay to say. We would like to organize a couple of days where the whole school is united as one, no one feels left out and no one is offended by the words of others. To help get a sense on the understanding of racism throughout the school we have administered several interviews. We interviewed people of different ages and races and got various responses that all had a deep meaning. Some people had never been involved in a direct racism attack, but had heard things such as racist jokes and rude comments. These are not as intense as full on attacks but definitely still have an impact on how these people feel. The students and teachers that we have interviewed include males and females and exclude no race. It was touching to hear these responses and see how others view racism. Daija says “I feel that people should not be based off of their skin tone.” We asked her how she reacts to racism and she said to “Surround yourself with accepting friends.” By doing this she shows others in a mature way that she isn't afraid of them. To us Daija’s interview was very touching, and showed us a whole different side to racism. Daija is an extremely strong and independent African American lady. She is also an amazing athlete; she is fearless. She does run into racism once in awhile though. This tears down her confidence. She does stand tall and rebuilds her confidence by being kind to everyone and surrounding herself with others that benefit her. “I’m not going to give you the benefit of tearing me down just because you're racist.” You may now notice that the words “racist” and “racism” have been tossed around this article many times now. We have asked the students that we interviewed what racism meant to them. Some drew pictures and some gave explanations. These students have also held their definitions of racism in front of their face, symbolizing that people should not judge based on age, race, or gender. Everyone should love each other, because in the long run we are all the same. We have only begun to explore this topic and hopefully can continue to spread the message of love not hate throughout our school. There are many more interviews that we would like to share and will continue to raise awareness of the negative affects of racism.