While comments degrading to people who are not “beautiful” in the eyes of CEOs such as Jeffries are plentiful, we need reminders that people possess inner beauty.
Junior Brianna Sotkovsky shaved her head to raise money for cancer awareness May 9 in the upper cafeteria. Although she was nervous about what she would look like after participating in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, she more importantly “wanted to be there for kids that have to lose their hair.”
If more people put others before themselves in this way, even in a less extreme ways than Sotkovsky’s, people would grow to be more accepting of one another.
Jeffries thinks people who are not beautiful in his eyes do not deserve the same privileges as people who are. Sotkovsky, on the other hand, sees everyone’s inner beauty.
“It’s hard to believe that people form their opinions on the way someone looks,” she said.
Sotkovsky is one of 42 people who shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s. According to social studies teacher and event sponsor Paul Kelly, the effort raised approximately $3500. We commend everyone who risked personal comfort to support people whose self-images are challenged by illness.