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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."

Brut.

01/22/2020 7:27 PM

1802 comments

  • Bryan A.
    11/18/2020 20:14

    Such a bright child, too bad her parents aren’t good people, they never finishing paying for all the work that was done at their house over &50k still unpaid. I’ve tried reaching them and they stopped picking up the phone. After they said they would pay every penny, I would be ashamed. @NAOMIWADLER

  • Stan O.
    10/04/2020 04:04

    We are fortunate that she is a part of our society

  • Stan O.
    10/04/2020 04:03

    I hope she grows up to be the wonderful young lady that she is destined to be.

  • David E.
    09/22/2020 06:57

    Tuesday, september 22nd 8:57 am Blackness is intelligence. Blackness is eloquence. And, melanine is everything.

  • Maurice K.
    08/07/2020 21:59

    True talk 👍🏿 , much respect to you .

  • David A.
    08/03/2020 02:08

    🤷🏾‍♂️

  • Loveth O.
    08/03/2020 01:11

    We Want People Like This

  • Loveth O.
    08/03/2020 01:10

    Correct

  • Larry D.
    08/02/2020 22:47

    Baby!

  • Matthew B.
    08/02/2020 07:20

    Truth !

  • Tadelech W.
    08/01/2020 17:41

    Great spich

  • Nikeata T.
    08/01/2020 09:09

    🖤

  • Sam V.
    07/30/2020 04:24

    Well spoken young lady. Thank you and God bless you 🙏🏼

  • Sahar B.
    07/28/2020 19:29

    👏👏👏👊👊

  • Iza R.
    07/28/2020 15:50

    Make, pay your own medias. Do not wait for the oppressor' s ones.

  • Mike W.
    07/28/2020 15:21

    . I respect her but idk about more Gun Control

  • Shereena B.
    07/27/2020 15:33

    Positive black peoples are not aloud to rise because it will make the black race great and if we are great then white people will get jealous

  • Lorraine B.
    07/26/2020 07:11

    Way to go !!!!

  • Lenora J.
    07/26/2020 05:36

    Amen 🙏🏼

  • Westley B.
    07/24/2020 03:37

    This wont have a healthy outcome if you try to teach kids to perceive themselves as less privileged than others. You are creating hate in doing so and also reap what you sow in doing so.

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