Don’t Tell Me I’m Too Young

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As youth across the country have united in an effort to push for stronger gun safety legislation, Fox News hosts have taken to the air to lash out at protesters for their age. They claim that movements such as the March for Our Lives are meaningless because they come from adolescents – members of an immature, self-absorbed, and apathetic Gen. Z. One Fox host wanted to be spared from “the sanctimonious of… seventeen year old[s],” calling the protests “dressed up resist rallies.” This is a systematic effort from the right-wing media to delegitimize the powerful movement that has changed the conversation around gun violence in the United States.

If we had been out there marching against abortion, I am sure Fox News would have praised us as young people who are willing to take a stand for their beliefs. But, no – we were out on the streets across the United States and around the world marching to preserve our lives against the senseless carnage that is American gun violence. I am more than willing to engage in meaningful debate on how to combat this deadly crisis. I very well might not have the best ideas. So, debate me on the issues. Don’t count me out because of my age. Doing so is a feeble attempt at avoiding debate, and I am going to call you out on it.

Photo via Ross Taylor/Getty Images

Young people have been the force behind many of the most transformative movements in modern United States history including the Civil Rights Movements and the Vietnam War Protests. Today, American youth stand united once again in our efforts to make our world better. They say that we have short attention spans, that we don’t understand civics, that we only care about our social media. Well, guess what? We are using our social media skills to generate energy behind this movement. However short our attention spans are, we will always remain outraged at injustice. And I guarantee you that we high-schoolers understand civics better than Donald Trump ever will. If you have not yet been impressed by adolescents abilities to create change, watch. Change is coming.

We are not the future. We are the now. And we will not stop until every school and every street in the United States of America is made safe. #NotOneMore

Featured Image: https://www.self.com/story/march-for-our-lives-2018

About the author

Rick Sarkar is a boarding student from Winchester, MA and a member of the St. Mark’s class of 2019. He enjoys writing and is a layout editor for The St. Marker (the school newspaper) as well as a part of the St. Mark’s panel of The Tavern, an interscholastic thoughts-paper. Rick is also a founder and head of the Young Independent’s Club. He loves to run and is a part of the cross country and JV hockey teams at St. Mark’s. He plays trombone and is a member of the jazz band. Rick is passionate about learning and has an interest in government, public policy, and economics. He is optimistic about the future and looks forward to working tirelessly to make the most of his time at St. Mark’s.

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