Since the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School that left 17 dead, students from the school have been on an unstoppable path to reform gun control. These high school students have dominated the media from their ongoing fight with the NRA to their pleas for government officials to hear their demands for safety.
Out of that, a movement grew that sparked a nationwide school walkout to honor those killed. Soon after the March for Our Lives campaign was born and students swarmed Washington D.C. with signs and hope for change.
During that event we heard from the Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, students turned activist after they survived the Florida shooting. They and a few other students, mostly white, have been at the helm of this movement. But we also head from a D.C. elementary school girl named Naomi Wadler who brought awareness to African-American girls who have been gunned down in senseless gun violence. A norm in Black communities that has been ignored by the general public.
However, the one voice that hasn’t been head throughout this entire movement are those of the Black teenage survivors of the Florida high school shooting. They believe that their voices have been drowned out and ignored from the start of this movement.
“The Black Lives Matter movement has been addressing (gun violence) since the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, yet we have never seen this kind of support for our cause and we surely do not feel the lives or voices of minorities are valued as much as those of our white counterparts,” explained Tyah-Amoy Roberts a student at Marjory Stoneman high school.
CNN reports of the 3,000 students that attend the high school, 11% are African-American. Although proud of the movement that’s come out of their high school these students feel as African-Americans attending that school they have something to say.
Hogg even brought attention to this before the March For Our Lives protest saying the media messed up by, “not giving Black students a voice” after the shooting.
Even so, as young African-Americans, they have a voice, perspective, and experience that is valuable to this movements cause and it deserves to be heard.
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