The Parkland kids keep checking their privilege


Ahead of the March for our Lives rally, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg said the media’s biggest mistake while covering the school’s shooting was “not giving black students a voice.”

My school is about 25 percent black, but the way we’re covered doesn’t reflect that.” Hogg said during an Axios event Friday.

Hogg, one of the core members of the #NeverAgain Movement, hasn’t shied away from acknowledging his privilege. In fact, “privilege” came up in many of the speeches at Saturday’s march in Washington, D.C.
While taking the stage again  this time before hundreds of thousands  Hogg and other students made sure to include victims of gun violence from across other communities.
“We recognize that Parkland received more attention because of its affluence,” Jaclyn Corin, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, said during her speech. “But we share this stage today and forever with those communities who have always stared down the barrel of a gun.”
Corin brought Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter, to the stage as her special surprise guest.
Alex Wind, another Parkland shooting survivor, addressed how gun violence affects everyone in the US.
“It’s not about race. It is not about your sex. It is not about ethnicity. It is not about gender. It is not about how much money you make,” he said during his speech. “What it comes down to is life or death.”
Aalayah Eastmond, another Parkland shooting survivor, spoke about how gun violence isn’t something new, and must not be overlooked in urban communities.
“Yes I am a Parkland survivor and an MSD student,” she said. “But before this i was a regular black girl and after this I am still black and I am still regular, and I will fight for all of us.”