Youth of Color Are Leading the Movement to End Gun Violence and Redefine Safety

Youth of Color Are Leading the Movement to End Gun Violence and Redefine Safety

Young men of color are taking center stage in the fight for stronger gun-control laws. They are rightfully noting the irony of America’s outpouring of support for White students in places such as Parkland, Fla., but the lack of support for students of color–some of whom are frequently affected by gun violence.  They are also exploring what unites them with their White counterparts and helping to build a coalition powerful enough to finally put an end to gun violence in all neighborhoods and schools.

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When Gun Violence Is a Daily Threat

EA’s Take on The Issue:

As hundreds of thousands of demonstrators prepared to march in Washington, D.C., in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., students and young activists on the South Side of Chicago were getting ready to join the protest. Their aim? To ensure that their long-suffered, but largely ignored, trauma from gun violence is at the center of the fight for gun control. This article and podcast in The Daily from the New York Times introduces us to one of those young activists—Chicago’s Ke’Shon Newman, 15, whose brother died after being shot while talking to friends in his neighborhood.

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When Teens Protest, Race Matters

EA’s Take on the Issue:

The media and the public have tended to offer support for the teen protesters from Parkland and other predominantly White communities. It has been a different story for youth of color. In this article, CityLab explores whether youth of color can create a larger and more formidable movement and share with the Parkland teens and other young allies what they have learned through their own activism.

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Black Parkland Survivors Want to be Heard

EA’s Take on the Issue:

CNN reports on a group of Black students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who held a news conference to express their concerns with the movement and media.

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Why It Hurts When the World Loves Everyone but Us

EA’s Take on the Issue:

The Root asks why it was so easy to support the Parkland youths while the young people in the Movement for Black Lives were repudiated and disregarded.

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Parkland is Sparking a Difficult Conversation about Race, Trauma, and Public Support

EA’s Take on the Issue:

In this article, Vox frames the issue as a question of the activism we acknowledge and the activism we ignore.  Whose voices really matter?

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