The Epitaph

Whitewashing American history: textbooks reflect neglect toward slavery

History textbooks need to make more of an effort to address topics like slavery in all perspectives – not just make it seem like Americans are in the right.

By Shreya Partha and Evelyn Solis

October 12, 2020

The Civil War is a pivotal unit in every U.S. history class. The discussion about the divided North and South spurs riveting conversations and debates. But the information we are taught is only surface level. The history of the first African American slaves to set foot in English colonies in 1619 ...

Community: a conversation on anti-racism

Community: a conversation on anti-racism

By Bobby Gorelick, Evelyn Solis

October 8, 2020

Two students -- senior Lotus Taylor and sophomore Noga Aloni -- passionate about anti-racism work speak their thoughts on Homestead’s new anti-racism modules and their opinions about racism. Hear more in this podcast by Bobby Gorelick and Evelyn Solis. ...

ACA 5 to help minority groups

ACA 5 IS NECESSARY: In order to correct racial disparities in UCs and CSUs, it is vital that admissions officers consider an applicant’s race.

By Anika Karody

August 19, 2020

When I heard that the state senate voted to pass the Assembly Constitution Act 5 (ACA 5) on June 25, after it was backed by UC regents and the state assembly, I was relieved, as minority students would finally get a chance at proper representation within state colleges. ACA 5 would repeal Propositi...

Our flawed legal system: helping police get away with murder

The Supreme Court provides police officers with almost limitless immunity from prosecution for their actions taken on the job.

By Macy Li

August 19, 2020

Nationwide protests and social media outrage led to the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Even though this is a step towards justice, it lacks the power to influence America’s flawed legal system. The senseless killin...

Reopening economy doing more harm than good

As seen in the graph above, since reopening, the amount of new COVID-19 cases has increased rapidly.

By Amber Birrell

July 5, 2020

California, along with many other states, has begun to slowly reopen and ease lockdown restrictions.  While this does sound relieving, there has not been a significant decline in the amount of COVID-19 cases to warrant the rapid reopening. Reopening with such a large number of positive cases will o...

Home life, online school only pile on to preexisting stress

The brain can do amazing things, but keep in mind that the brain is as strong as you are when it comes to stress.

By Yukari E. Zapata

June 15, 2020

For many students, attending school is an anxiety- and stress-filled experience that gets more difficult as assignments and work start piling up.  However, once schools shut down, one main concern was how students would continue their education. Many schools quickly figured out that the best way for stude...

A nation divided against itself cannot survive

Although there are many afflictions spreading across the country, Trump is tearing it apart.

By Miya Liu

June 3, 2020

Our country is currently living through the COVID-19 pandemic together. Regardless, we seem to be growing apart.  Throughout America’s history, tragedies have brought the country closer together. From the Orlando nightclub shooting to the 9/11 terror attacks, the humanity in our communities is brought...

U.S. response to COVID-19 leaves people slipping through the gaps

As seen in the infographic above, millionaires earn - on average - 430 times as much as ordinary American citizens.

By Dan Penalosa

June 3, 2020

A month ago, the bipartisan stimulus package grabbed national headlines. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) guaranteed paid sick leave and free testing, while the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was hailed as the largest relief bill in American history as the bill expanded unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by the coronavirus.   ...

Being black should not be a death sentence

The video of Arbery’s shooting bears a striking resemblance to lynching photography, since both were not taken to protest violence, but rather to celebrate it.

By Macy Li

May 31, 2020

For years, black citizens in the United States have faced countless racist attacks from white people. Today, this abuse towards black civilians has rapidly gained attention and sparked nationwide outrage. The core issues that lie behind these shootings are no different from the ones in the past:...

Protect the Parks: Personal Responsibility

My refrigerator, like many others, is cluttered with plastic wrapped foods.

By Jane Park

May 31, 2020

During the shelter in place, I have been thinking a lot about my ecological footprint and the impact of my actions. Throughout this year, I have talked to many people who care about the environment. Most cannot make changes to their lives because it is inconvenient or too difficult, and they expect ...

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

The toxic reality of hyperpartisanship

By Dan Penalosa

May 26, 2020

President Trump is a known climate change denier, xenophobe and misogynist. And yet, the Republican Party still backs him. In fact, he isn’t anywhere near losing his party’s support; according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, his approval ratings are almost at an all-time high among Republicans at ninety-two percent. In the midd...

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

By Katelynn Ngo

May 26, 2020

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to turn on a TV or phone without being bombarded with statistics and news about the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaching 1 million as of April 27 according to Worldometer,  the end of the virus does not seem to be in sight. However, amidst all the panic and fear, there is silver ...