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Winston Churchill High School’s name should be changed

Winston Churchill High School's name should be changed

By Ela Jalil, News Editor

October 21, 2020

Winston Churchill is finally undergoing the scrutiny he deserves and calls to change WCHS’ name have caused both great outrage and happiness in our community. @StudentsForRealHeroes on Instagram led the charge and created a petition that now has more than 1,500 signatures.  The Black Lives Matter movement has ensured ...

How to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Thousands of people worldwide take to the streets to demand justice for the murder of innocent Black lives. Attending protests is just one way to advocate for change.

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor

June 26, 2020

The murder of George Floyd and thousands of other innocent lives has sparked a worldwide revolution against police brutality. There are so many different ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, from peaceful protesting, to educating yourself on racism. However, some of these options may not b...

Climate change disproportionately discriminates against racial minorities

A couple climate activists of color attend and hold signs at a climate change march. One of the signs importantly states

By Quinn Cook, News Editor

June 23, 2020

In a time of increased awareness in America surrounding the abhorrently unjust conditions of systemic and institutionalized racism, it is important to shine light on the many issues that disproportionately affect the African American community and are not getting the attention they deserve. This article seek...

“The Hate U Give” is a must see to understand white privilege

By Aliki Dimitoglou and Ari Dimitoglou

June 22, 2020

NAACP Image Award-Winning drama for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, “The Hate U Give,” starring Amandla Stenberg, offers its audience a more realistic perspective as to how white privilege is prevalent in the United States, and how staying silent only worsens the results of oppression.  ...

Educate yourself using these anti-racism resources: movies, shows, books and more

Looking for more? Netflix has created a Black Lives Matter Collection that features TV shows and movies that highlight important issues and creative stories.

By Olivia Yasharoff and Melissa Redlich

June 18, 2020

As the WCHS community joins the rest of the country in searching for ways to help others during Black Lives Matter protests, The Observer is here to help. These movies, TV shows, books and podcasts can help those who want to find resources learn more about the history of racism in America and how to...

Official response to Black Lives Matter movement

Official response to Black Lives Matter movement

June 18, 2020

Dear Churchill community,  As your school newspaper, we have an obligation to take a stand on current issues. We want to make it explicitly clear that The Observer supports the Black Lives Matter movement.  While many are unable to attend protests due to health and safety concerns, there are actions that can ...

Racist Vandalism Disturbs CHS Community

Racist Vandalism Disturbs CHS Community

By Max Kandel, Advertising Manager

January 23, 2017

On Nov. 10, a sign was found in a CHS boys bathroom that read “Whites Only.” This goes along with the recent trend of offensive signs and writings in schools since November. This incident was first reported by the Washington Post on, and was not publically announced to parents and students by CHS...

Black History Month Deserves Recognition

One in every eight students at CHS is black. Since CHS prides itself on diversity and acceptance of all students, the school should acknowledge the history and experiences of all groups.

By Thomas Atkinson, Online Features Editor

February 25, 2016

Attempting to find any trace of support for Black History Month is like trying to find a well-rested junior: impossible. Over the past few months, CHS has sponsored a variety of events to support many groups, from the UP Day supporting LGBT students and Churchill vs. Cancer to the fundraiser this...

It’s not news, it’s common sense

NFL running back Adrian Peterson once played for the untarnished University of Oklahoma football team. The team now faces controversy following racial slurs from an OU fraternity.

By Jake Certner, Staff Writer

March 16, 2015

By now, I am assuming that most of you readers have seen or heard the disgusting video from the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon in which several white members of the fraternity were chanting a racial slur. This video not only tarnished the reputation of the sc...

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