The Gun Debate Has to Get Serious About Race
Building community across racial lines is a complicated process. This is especially true after a tragedy. As we continue to debate how guns will be handled in the United States, the tensions of race, class, and ideological commitments remain enmeshed with questions of privilege and power.
On March 28, Black students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gathered at North Community Park near Parkland, Florida to bring media attention to their concerns that they’re being overlooked in the growing conversation on gun violence. The press conference was organized in concert with the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and about a half dozen Black students were present. But most people didn’t hear about it.
Black students make up roughly 11 percent of the school’s 3000 student population, but these students see stark differences in the level of national and local support they’ve received in comparison to their white and Latinx counterparts. On Valentine’s Day, a gunman killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas and injured 14 others in the process."