Closing Statements from the Opinion Editor

Opinion Editor Khalil Gordon goes over some topics that he has had to skip over during the semester.

Gordon portrayed Henry Antrobus in Little Theatre’s performance of “Skin of Our Teeth” by Thorton Wilder. (Sarah Giblin)

As the on-campus section, as well as the semester in general, comes to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to talk about all the ideas I’ve had that failed to turn into articles. 

First and foremost, my position as the Opinion Editor, while rewarding in many ways, limits the degree to which I can inject my own voice into what it is that I write. The articles I create are not published as “By Khalil Gordon,” but as the cumulative stance of the entire Griffin staff. This necessitates a more objective approach in how I write my articles. This has lent itself well to the more politicized articles that have been put out this semester, but defeats the purpose of why I write. I write to develop my skills yes, but more so I write to put my own thoughts and ideas out into the world. This is hard to do when my thoughts become just one of many that I have to convey.

With that said, many topics close to my heart have been forfeited due to not fitting the new section style I’ve set out. Nevertheless, I feel as though they are important enough to merit a paragraph at the very least. And what better place than our last publication for the semester?

Something that became a major thinking point in my life was my romantic orientation. Whether due to the vast amount of failed relationships I’ve born witness to, the innumerable horror stories I’ve heard, the terrible decisions I’ve seen or some other psychological cause, I’ve never felt myself being compelled to seek out a romantic partner. In fact, I find the very notion of being in a relationship off-putting for a number of reasons. And after being utterly unable to rationalize why I did not feel romantic attraction when others clearly did, I decided to do some research. 

As it turns out, a person can be aromantic in the same way that a person can be asexual. And while the two are often paired, this is not always the case as evidenced by my own existence. I think that the idea that two people can experience romantic attraction differently is largely ignored in media. And since mass media is one of the most critical influencers of public opinion, if the media ignores a facet of society, it is likely that society as a whole will ignore that part of itself. Perhaps at a later date I will revisit this topic, give it the word count it deserves, but for now I will hold off as my understanding develops. 

Over the summer lockdown, I was involved in several arguments. The productive kind of argument, and not the screaming matches seen in politics. One such argument was in regards to the reopening of the country. I played devil’s advocate in this case, arguing that the country could simply not afford to stay closed. Now, I am not a slave to the economy, and I wasn’t going to lose sleep if it took a dive in order to save thousands of lives. But like many, my financial situation was in a precarious state. And since the government decided that $1200 was enough to satisfy the growing monetary need of the country’s citizens, and furthermore opted to deny that from a vast majority of college aged individuals, I could see every man’s argument for reopening. 

For many people, since the national and many state governments opted to let people fend for themselves, the choice was to either risk contracting Covid or starve. And while many countries saw a speedy recovery due to the severity of their lockdowns, a country like the United States that is so deeply opposed to socialized infrastructure could simply not afford to stay closed for long. While there is a lot more that I would like to talk about, I will save them for future articles. I just wanted to get these off my chest before our publication season ended. As always, if you want to contact me, you can do so by emailing gordon26@my.canisius.edu. I want to extend my thanks to each and everyone of you who reads our publications. You may not be many, but you are the reason we do what we do. I wish each of you a happy and healthy holiday season and I hope to keep writing for you in the spring.

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