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
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  • Antonip D.
    2 days

    This girl said more in two minutes about injustice that minorities suffer in the US, than what people in power say during their whole lives... Trump, for example.

  • Christian L.
    3 days

    Beautiful and brilliant young girl. Smart speaker. Confidents. God bless you

  • Jahya R.
    3 days

    A shame her name is not mentioned ! She is brilliant !

  • Tai F.
    3 days

    Very true.

  • Jahya R.
    3 days


  • Richard J.
    4 days

    You’re a idiot that’s not true and you must assimilate speak English correctly finish HS and college )??) and accomplish something stop complaining you ignorant thug

  • Naija B.
    4 days

    Yep like native Indian youth fight day in and night for the environment and who is the media poster child for the fight for the environment 😉😉😉

  • Naija B.
    4 days

    👏 👏 👏 👏 👏

  • Pat W.
    5 days


  • Roxy R.
    5 days

    EQUALITY WOULD MEAN THE END OF SUPREMACY. And the people at the top don’t want that. Their worst fear is losing their elite position and privilege in society....their nightmare is becoming a ' minority' in society, and they also fear losing that position because it gives their power over to others. Original domestic terrorists. Desperate to preserve their genetic survival. Genetic Recessive trait populations are never stronger or better than dominant trait populations. Their worst fear will happen soon enough, it’s just a matter of time. Racism is based on subconsciously feeling inadequate/inferior to Black and non white people and have repressed hostility and aggression due to efforts for genetic survival of their numerical and genetic status on the planet. Reference: Dr Frances Welsing.

  • Bafi B.
    5 days

    your right gal....thats why i stopped watch movie and certain tv programs

  • Hanah B.
    5 days

    You are a strong voice of leadership! Thank you for speaking your voice!

  • Gikash P.
    5 days

    Greta Thunberg

  • Julianna I.
    6 days

    This has to stop...let the kids grow up with love not hate...shame on all families that teach there kids that not all human beings deserve the same dont notice certain things families imbed it in there heads....stupid and ignorant

  • Carol T.
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  • CK G.
    7 days

    OMG keep believing your delusional mind

  • Oona M.
    7 days


  • Heather Z.
    07/05/2020 11:25

    What an insightful speech!

  • Robert T.
    07/04/2020 21:36

    Well rehearsed.

  • Eileen O.
    07/04/2020 08:10

    Truly amazing