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'Not a statistic': Students walk out of Colorado shooting vigil to condemn politics and press

Source: Washington Post

A vigil commemorating the victims of the STEM School shooting in Colorado ended in protest Wednesday evening after students said they refused to be used as pawns to promote gun control.

Hundreds attended the vigil — students, teachers, activists and elected officials — to honor Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot on Tuesday. But Castillo’s classmates were moved to protest after invitees Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) spoke. Many of the teenagers perceived the speeches as politicians politicizing their trauma when they wanted their own voices heard.

Students stood and stormed out. Some clapped and united in chants, deriding what they saw as a “political stunt.” The school parking lot quickly filled with teenagers, cursing at the press and holding backlit cellphones in the air. "What happened at STEM is awful, but it’s not a statistic. We can’t be used for a reason for gun control. We are people, not a statement,” said one student wearing a yellow Spartans shirt. Another teenager voiced similar frustrations, saying: “I thought this was about us, not about politics.”

The gathering at Denver’s Highlands Ranch High School, one of several held Wednesday, was organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Read more: https://beta.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/09/not-statistic-students-walk-out-colorado-shooting-vigil-condemn-politics-press/?outputType=amp

Why do we allow the alt-right to co-opt words, hand gestures, etc.?

This Cubs story is ridiculous. The "well these people are using this hand sign for something racist now so let's just let them have it" is the most spineless reaction we can possibly have. I'm black as was nearly every classmate I had and this was absolutely used for the circle game. The very fact that the Cubs banned this guy is legitimizing their stealing this from us and willingly handing power to the white supremacists.

If white supremacists start considering the average handshake a symbol of white power, are we going to let them have that too and ban everyone else from using it?


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