The mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, had a devastating toll of taking 17 lives. This type of thing should not be able to happen anywhere, and we need to act to make sure that it will never happen again.
To truly get at the root of this disease of mass shootings in our country we have to look at the culture of militarism and violence. Why is aggression valued as a masculine trait? What values are children being taught when they learn that their country, the “leader of the world,” is perpetually at war? How do we continue to allow Georgia to be the 3rd highest customer of the military’s 1033 program, which transfers excess military equipment to civilian police departments?
Georgia WAND stands by the young survivors of the Parkland shooting, sharing grief and pain and also an urgent call to action. We believe that the best leadership comes from people directly affected by an issue, and we support the Parkland teens in their fight for justice.
We also want to hold up the voice of writer Roxane Gay, who compared the public’s response to the Parkland survivors to how people view the young leaders of #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter:
It is interesting to note the difference in support for the kids in FL versus the kids in Black Lives Matter. I say that with full admiration for the kids in FL, to survive such a trauma and fight for everyone to be safer. But that’s also what was happening in Ferguson and beyond
In our fight against a culture of violence, we must continue to challenge racism and white supremacy. Let’s keep pushing forward toward the vision of a peaceful and just society, understanding as Audre Lorde said: that “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”