On March 24, Dave and I will join the kids and march. There are marches planned all over the nation, modeled on the Women’s March.
I assure you that we know exactly why we are marching, and so does everyone else who is doing it.
She didn’t like the Women’s March. She mocked the appearance of those who marched (ironically). She has mocked me for marching in it.
She seems to dislike everything. I’ve rarely seen her actually like anything. Deb has called her Negative Nicole, and it’s an apt nickname.
But she can’t even bother to write anything herself. Nicole doesn’t express herself well in print, so she shares memes and links and other people’s words, often without reading them.
Joseph Dobrian is a moron, of course.
The Walk Out was sanctioned by lots of schools, yes, in part because in some cases, teachers wanted to join in. They’re getting killed too, you know. I suspect lots of teachers saw the event as a way to teach kids something about civic participation. Can you imagine a better way to introduce the subject into a class than to actually go on a march?
In Kentucky, more than 100 students got detention because they walked out. The school attempted to substitute a meeting in the gym or some other stupid thing for the walk out, but the students understood that if you’re going to protest, you have to be seen. If you’re hidden in the gym, nobody knows it even happened.
Do you know what those students did during their detention?
They wrote letters to their congressional representatives encouraging them to consider reasonable gun control measures.
Do you think they knew why they were marching? Do you think they understand what they are doing?
I graduated from high school in 1966. I watched my generation, my peers, march protesting the Vietnam War. I was too hamstrung by my mother’s religion to participate myself, something I have always regretted. Fundy religion saw the war as good for some reason (they always think wars are good), but I watched and I realized that those kids, mostly college students, or college-aged, stopped that war.
It took a while. One protest didn’t do it. It took several years of protests. There were even deaths associated with protesting (Kent State). Lots of protesters went to jail for refusing the draft, including Mohammed Ali.
As a generation, we learned something, though. We learned that if you speak up, enough, with enough people, you can change things. Our generation did just that. Those were the years when the Vietnam War was stopped, when Nixon was brought down, when Medicare became a reality, civil rights became a real issue with real answers and real legislation passed.
I was in the tenth grade when John F Kennedy was killed. Coming on the heels of the fifties, it was a shock to the nation, something like 9/11 so many years later. The event profoundly affected my generation, and many of my peers took to the streets in response to it. It was the kids who did it. Their parents pursed their lips and disapproved.
That’s what these kids are learning. They are approaching voting age. They are finding out that the only way to effect change is to participate. They are finding out that sitting there, on your phone, sharing a meme on Facebook, while refusing to vote or participate in any way means that you will continue to sit there while your teeth fall out and your children grow up totally uneducated, facing a very difficult future, and nothing will change at all. They are choosing a different path.
Were there some kids who marched simply because it was easy, their school wasn’t going to punish them, and hell, it beats sitting in class?
Of course there were, however, I bet they were in the minority.
I have to wonder how many of those kids, the ones who did it for a lark, will revisit that in the months to come and think, “You know, I think I’ll register to vote.”
If the opinion of the students marching was “government approved,” as that idiot above claims, we’d already have reasonable gun control in place right now. It’s not “government approved” at all.
While those students were marching, a dog died on a United Airlines flight due to a flight attendant forcing the owner to put the dog in the overhead bin. Within hours of that occurring, House members rushed to introduce a bill to make it illegal to force anyone to put a dog in the overhead bin.
That is “government approval.”
Seventeen students were killed in a school shooting, and the best those same representatives can offer is thoughts and prayers.
The person with no clue is Nicole.
These were not organized school events. The students themselves did the organizing. The march I am attending on the 24th was organized by students. Yes, adults have joined in, but the original impetus came from the kids in Florida who found activism as a way to work through their shock and grief and fear.
Denigrating that is so horrible it makes me sick.
Nicole doesn’t know the first thing about the public school system. Her children have no friends, so she doesn’t interact with public school students. She makes all sorts of pronouncements about it but knows nothing at all.
We live in a world where most families require two incomes to stay afloat. Most families actually want to have a real bathroom and running water and refrigeration and something other than a garden shed to live in. How are they supposed to home school, Nicole? You don’t even home school. You do nothing at all.
The only “active shooters” on your property, Nicole, are your own children. Let me explain what I fear. I fear your son, Quinten, who marches around your property regularly carrying a gun, with a scowl on his face, watching anyone who drives by. Don’t even bother to try to deny this. He’s been seen over and over again doing just that.
Every kid isn’t Quinten, though. Every kid isn’t facing a future with no education, brainwashed with fear and paranoia. More than a million of these kids are facing the future with optimism, determined to speak their minds. They are the future, not Quinten. I suspect future presidents are in their midst. Certainly future congressmen are.
Dave and I will join them on Saturday, March 24.
A LITTLE UPDATE: I graduated from Wade Hampton High School. Good for the students, a pox on the administration. This is why we support the ACLU.
And another little gem, pointed out to me by a friend.