Inaction is meeting action. A new generation with technical savvy and prowess is here to stay. Today’s youth has the power to stand up to interest groups. Sponsored rhetoric has failed to protect them. Maybe being shot at and experiencing loss can offer perspective? To the new generation, thanks for the courage and advocacy. Our future is your words, tweets, and actions.
On Saturday March 24th, the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES took place in over 800 events worldwide. From the website: “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”
On February 14th, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marked another day in America. However, students organized and we finally hear them. Perhaps this is a turning point? A new generation speaks through social media and activism while marching for their lives.
Faith in humanity is restored by a new generation not afraid to stand up.
As an artist and human, the response must be creative expression and action.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. According to a 2009 National Institute of Justice report: “The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds 31% of global mass shooter.” Gun violence is an anomaly and epidemic unique to American culture. A children’s empty backpack has been repurposed indicating that “thoughts and prayers” don’t hold weight in protecting our most precious commodity. Politicians shackled by the National Rifle Association fail to pass common sense gun legislation despite popular public support. Our only hope is a new generation leading the charge against “fake news” demanding meaningful change.
Remember these names: Emma González, David Hogg, and Cameron Kasky. These students are the new leaders. A generation that won’t tolerate rhetoric, lies, and bullshit. They will fight for truth, justice, and common sense. You just wait and see…