Young gun control activist talks representation

“The media does a great job at glorifying white privileged kids." This 12-year-old American gun control activist explains why it's so important to lift the voices of women of color.

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"When we look on the news, we see the white kids who are making a difference, and we see the white kids who are speaking out, but then we see some of the same black and brown kids who are saying the exact same thing and are not getting any attention for it."

Naomi Wadler, Gun control activist

"The media does a really great job at glorifying and putting white privileged kids, as you said, at the center of every movement. I've met so many black and brown girls who have experienced violence and who have to duck from bullets to get to school. But then we think of who we actually see on TV talking about those kinds of situations. There are so many young girls of color and women of color who have been working their entire lives, fighting for their voices to be heard, knowing that they don't have an equal chance at gaining that attention and getting that recognition, yet they still continue. I think that that resilience is so admirable. But it's sad, when we don't hear their names. And we don't know who they are. And they're non-existent to us. Because when we look on the news, we see the white kids who are making a difference, and we see the white kids who are speaking out, but then we see some of the same black and brown kids who are saying the exact same thing and are not getting any attention for it. So, I think that it's the media's problem."

How could we go about fixing it?

"I think that we can raise awareness. And we can stop being so comfortable in the way we look at things. I think that we can challenge ourselves in the certain faces we think of when we think of somebody who is successful, somebody who has a lot of money, someone who is educated. When I say those words, you might think of a white person. But maybe we can start thinking of other people. We can challenge ourselves in the way that we think, like I said. So, I think that the media and TV shows and books and movies have conditioned us to think a certain way. So, I think it's important if we start to look outside of that box. Because even I, growing up, have always wanted the white doll, or have always wanted to be like the white princess. And just seeing how that is scary, seeing how that affects us. But I think that there's nothing, like you said, we can really do about the media, because that's a really big issue, and it's a culture. But I think we can do it ourselves and change the way that we think."


01/22/2020 7:27 PM


  • Sandra H.
    05/21/2020 03:16

    So smart and Intelligent ❤️

  • Stephane L.
    05/13/2020 16:47

    Activist at twelve?

  • Peter L.
    05/09/2020 10:03


  • Sonny N.
    05/05/2020 21:10

    Is this the Breta Thumbnails

  • Brian M.
    05/03/2020 10:38

    Yes it's TRUE, some kids unfortunately live in places like war zones but to say glorifying whites is crap, there will always be racism but some of the most prominent ppl in this country and world are of color, its grown ups influencing kids like this. EVERYBODY no matter what color can achieve ANYTHING they want so the grown ups feeding this info are the problem.

  • Ace C.
    05/01/2020 22:45

    Get off the plantation! geez

  • Terry F.
    05/01/2020 22:20

    It is because only when the ills of society affect privileged white people that things will change. Black and brown people have been getting slaughtered in the streets for 50 years, and it takes the shooting up of one upper-middle-class white high school to enrage the Children of the nation

  • Dee B.
    05/01/2020 12:43

    so what is your message? That we need to work on a huge problem with all the help and information we can get? Or that you aren't getting enough attention? We're thrilled that the upcoming generation is better informed and is working for the betterment of our world community. But focus on the work, not the reward.

  • Candace B.
    04/30/2020 19:57

    Needs to be heard! Just like the rest of us.

  • Tracy L.
    04/29/2020 19:31


  • Christian H.
    04/29/2020 14:09

    Racism, like the COVID-19, is a global pandemic. It eradication also requires learning, cooperation and sustained effort.

  • Nana L.
    04/29/2020 13:31

    And the media is doing a great job using this poor child to promote their personal agenda to cause as much division as possible

  • Dan M.
    04/29/2020 10:49

    Create more victims! woohoo! Make white people feel bad for being white!

  • Dripp D.
    04/29/2020 01:49


  • Kurt B.
    04/29/2020 01:41

    Are we talking about the media not focusing on individuals of color?

  • Lauren S.
    04/28/2020 21:30

    Well said

  • Aurelia N.
    04/28/2020 19:16

    True and appalling

  • William D.
    04/28/2020 18:51

    This system from of white supremacy is clever. As they still control the narrative of the message that is being sent out to black people as they punch you in your face and smile at you at the same time. It is practiced that has been done over and over again in power keeping black people out of power with just doing this. It makes us feel good to see this girl speaking but what does it really do we already know the problem we live the problem we die in the problem well we do not gain any power in these displays of kindness that is really a nous around your neck.

  • Bantita S.
    04/28/2020 18:23

    Yes I agree with her ,There is a dictatorship in Thailand and many Thai leaders who fight for freedom and they speak it out and no media on international news we get hurt a lot by no one support us If you put these news on the national news the dictatorship would be ashamed or something nice would happen to my country

  • Donna L.
    04/28/2020 18:23

    Aren't you ppl tired of the RACE CARD??? I am

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