I must admit cynicism crept into my thoughts watching the “ The March for Our Lives” unfold. Will they ignore Black lives again like in the past? Will communication occur about the countless lives lost in the urban community to gun violence? Will they look past the police shootings of unarmed black men and women? However, watching this phenomenon unfold over the last month, led to my cynicism disappearing.
White children recognized their privilege in our country and gave voice to the ones too often forgotten. In Chicago, march organizers reached out to the Black Lives Matter organization and included them in the planning.Furthermore, several rallies highlighted thru speeches and poetry how gun violence takes so many Black lives in the Windy City. It’s understood “The March for Our Lives” offers a magnificent opportunity to give a face to the faceless. This time the white youth won’t allow it to fade into the dark. In Florida, and other states youngsters of color seized the moment and organized marches to protest gun violence.
I am reminded of how the March on Washington in 1963 exemplified the nation was ready for a change. Whites finally viewed the violence perpetrated against African Americans unfold on their televisions. Emmett Till’s murder created national news and his mother became a hero for demanding an open casket. White America looked with disgust as they observed the beatings on Pettis bridge and the hosing of children at the hands of law enforcement.
I see glimmers of the sixties in this new movement. I believe this generation of students black and white are the change needed in our national and state governmental houses. The youth are carrying the torch we laid down years ago. Hopefully, they will carry it to the finish line and save us from more blood being shed in our schools and inner cities. Finally, I hope we adults continue to support them and find inspiration in their activism.