We’re destined for better times if the children who spoke at the national March for Our Lives rally truly represent our future. With the current gun control debate clearly falling on the deaf ears of politicians who refuse to enact any common sense legislation, youthful voices rang loud and clear Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Today we also march with Black youth from #Parkland #MSDStrong to the #MarchForOurLives who’s faces and stories you don’t know…yet. We see you fam. We love you like you were us! #GoodKidsMadCity #NoCopsNoGuns pic.twitter.com/ifeneCF5pO
— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) March 24, 2018
I marched for black and brown people just like me #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/30uX1HAtrt
— #MarchforOurLives (@OhKay05) March 24, 2018
" RT B_RadWill: I hope one day I will get as many rights as a gun. – A Black American #marchforourlives pic.twitter.com/1TzgOEIBJs" via womensmarch https://t.co/7DIByQ5hcb
— Thomas Benkel (@tbenkel) March 24, 2018
Two in particular – Naomi Wadler and Christopher Underwood – made sure the plight of Black America’s relationship with guns was not only recognized, but respected.
Wadler, an elementary school student from Virginia, plainly stated that even she, at the tender age of 11, could recognize the obvious racial discrepancy in acknowledging gun-related deaths of Black people, especially females.
“I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” Wadler said bravely in front of hundreds of thousands of people.
She mentioned how she and her friends during the National Walkout Day earlier this month made sure to recognize a Black girl from Alabama who was also the fatal victim of gun violence after the Parkland shooting. That instance, Wadler noted, was conspicuously missing from the national narrative of gun violence. So, to make up for that, she listed off the names of several other African-American girls who were killed from gun violence.
She continued: “I represent the African-American women who are the victims of gun violence who are simply statistics instead of v