mass walkouts by students in protest against gun violence has been
tremendously inspirational. Just listening to clips from the
speeches made me want to raise my fist in support.
student movement–and it is a movement–needs to be
supported. Yes, there were certainly other cases of gun violence
that could have…should have started such a movement. But that
is not the way that history and social movements work. Timing as
well as contributing factors make for social explosions. One can
rarely project as to when it will happen, though we can largely guess
that an explosion will happen.
student movement has put the NRA and their political allies on the
defensive. In response the political Right is doing all that it can
to defame the leading spokespersons of this movement, not to mention
defaming many of the victims of the Parkland massacre. As such, we
on the Left must speak up and not treat this explosion as if it were
some sort of sideshow. Today’s walkouts and demonstrations
represent yet another front against the political Right and its
will this movement go? Who knows? But what we can say is that it
takes a lot of courage for these young activists to step forward,
walk out of their schools, and make their voices heard.
hat goes off to each and every one of them!