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Sat Feb 24, 2018, 08:24 PM Feb 2018

Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years, never got the support that the FL kids did [View all]


In response to Winfrey's tweet, Charlene Carruthers, the national director at Black Youth Project 100, an activist organization focused on "creating justice and freedom for all Black people," tweeted, "Gosh. This is amazing. And I'm not being sarcastic. I have to be honest and say that I'm a bit taken aback (and a bit hurt) that those of us who were in the streets in the past five years for Black lives didn't receive this type of reception or public support."

Her point was expounded upon by others, who explained that young black people have been fighting to save lives through gun reform laws for years without the support and energy given to the Stoneman Douglas students. In fact, black youth, who've been passionately advocating for gun control measures, have been demonized, obfuscated, and overlooked. In 2015, Winfrey said in an interview with People, “I think it’s wonderful to march and to protest, and it’s wonderful to see all across the country, people doing it. What I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.’

Young black activists have been in the streets advocating for gun reform for decades without much attention or mass appeal, but that doesn't mean they don't exist, or that they work without leadership, or that their demands are unclear. While we celebrate the success of the Stoneman Douglas teens, it's crucial to examine which progressive movements are embraced and legitimized — considered worthy of a passionate public response and united steely resolve — and which are received with skepticism, restraint, and apprehension. And why that might be
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As soon as BLM started the GOP gaslighted them with the 'all lives matter' applegrove Feb 2018 #1
This isn't helpful. White kids from Columbine and Sandy Hook have been fighting Squinch Feb 2018 #2
Yes it is. But I'll take the support however it comes. MariaCSR Feb 2018 #3
I wholeheartedly agree with you about that. And each school shooting should have made Squinch Feb 2018 #4
This. cwydro Feb 2018 #7
This. Beartracks Feb 2018 #9
They're not all white either, I've been seeing a fairly mixed crowd of students uponit7771 Feb 2018 #11
I noted that too.. EX500rider Feb 2018 #5
Because some (RWers) dont give a shit and some.... RhodeIslandOne Feb 2018 #21
K&R WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2018 #6
yes, by all means let's interject divisive memes into a battle over banning weapons of war Exotica Feb 2018 #8
Exactly right. JNelson6563 Feb 2018 #15
Well, they can either lick their wounds or RandomAccess Feb 2018 #10
co-sign, poboy2 Feb 2018 #12
Join in for the big win. Well said. RandomAccess Feb 2018 #16
You're right. spicysista Feb 2018 #13
Agree and great summary HipChick Feb 2018 #17
Part of the reason is Trump. With a democrat in office JI7 Feb 2018 #14
Black kids aren't killed in mass shootings as much as white kids are. Captain Stern Feb 2018 #18
MS Summer 1964. White northern students went to MS to register blacks to vote. WHY THEM? bobbieinok Feb 2018 #19
I think intent matters a bit, too. Igel Feb 2018 #20
True - but at this point, I don't care. I see young people of all races out in the streets on this EffieBlack Feb 2018 #22
A lot of us have been fighting for gun reform for decades without the support elias7 Feb 2018 #23
Joy Reid discussed this on her show this am too... HipChick Feb 2018 #24
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