Some Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students held a press conference today. I’m guessing you didn’t hear about it. That’s because it was Black MSD students holding the press conference.
The Black MSD students were holding the press conference because they have some concerns that the students who are getting all the media attention don’t seem to have.
Mainly, a number of these students are concerned about the talk of more school resource officers in their school.
And they are right to be concerned. Schools where school resource officers are present have a higher number of disciplinary actions against children of color. Schools where school resource officers are present refer more children of color to the criminal justice system.
So…I am glad that the white and white-presenting MSD students acknowledge that gun violence is about more than school- or mass-shootings. And I am glad that most of them seem to understand that the reason they are getting so much attention is because of white privilege.
What concerns me is that they seem to not be listening to their fellow MSD students who have real concerns about the proposals they are forwarding.
While the white and white-presenting MSD students “get it” on some things, they don’t on others. If they are truly listening to their fellow students, maybe that will change.