When I was around seven years old, I went with my family to sightsee the Statue of Liberty in New York. As soon as the boat docked, I leaped off with extreme exuberance. I had read and seen pictures of the glorious statue, but to see it in person was a different experience.
I stood at the bottom of the 305-foot masterpiece of sculpture and looked upon the luminescent golden torch. My father leaned down and told me the story of how he had immigrated from the impoverished state of South Korea to America. He said that thousands of immigrants across the world see this statue as a symbol of liberty.
As a result of visiting that national treasure, I experienced a growing sense of pride for my nation. To my parents, America was seen as their escape from poverty. America was and still is the land of freedom and opportunity not just for its citizens, but for the whole world. However, I feel that the patriotism that was once felt by the vast majority has slowly started to diminish.
Therefore, I created a platform in December 2018. For alliteration and a Korean inside joke, I named it Outspoken Oppa. I, along with four other editors, write our own opinions on politics, philosophy, and current events.
Within a time of political disarray, having a voice is crucial. Utilizing that voice brings us one step closer to a better world. We have the power to stand up against corruption and greed. We have the power to protest against an unjust government. We have the power to construct a life that is filled with civility and prosperity.
So I implore you, join the discussion and become informed. I created the website so everyone has a voice. Be the voice that shapes the world into a haven of magnanimity and benevolence. Be the voice that embraces bipartisanship and the American way.
Originally published in the LC Spartan
The founders of the Outspoken Oppa are also the founders of the La Cañada Charity. Every year on August 4th, we set up organized charities in Memorial park. We collect donations consisting of food, clothes, and toys. We believe in a world where every child has the opportunity to be lifted from poverty. Our mission is to provide the absolute necessities to the rising generation. We do that, by organizing charities annually across the city. We believe anyone has the capacity to revolutionize technology, pioneer science, and lead the nation. In 2018, we were able to collect 150 donations. In the 2019 charity, we obtained 1,200 donations meaning we had eight times more donations than the proceeding year. Our staff tripled over a year and we were able to reach a larger demographic. Join us in 2020 to help the homeless. Hope to see you then.