I watched as young person after young person took the stage in front of hundreds of thousands of people and bravely spoke their truth. Shouted their grief, their pain, their anger, their rage. As young as 9, but no older than 18. These young people stood firm: they would accept help from sincere adults, but their voices would not be bought, and no one over 18 would speak from that stage today in DC.
This is their moment, their movement. We adults had our chance.
They allowed supporting performances from names like Ariana Grande, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Common, Vic Mensa, Andra Day, and Demi Lovato. But those performances did not include speeches. No worries, their songs expressed the strength, sadness, strife, grit, and hope of the generation that took the podium.
Yet as heartened as I am by the turnouts around the country, I am equally sickened by the comments that poured forth during livestreams of the DC event. The cowards were out in full FARCE. Demeaning, bullying, flinging their conspiracy theories like chimps flinging their shit.
And again I am compelled to ask, What the hell is wrong with you?
We get it - you simply cannot believe that young people can be this powerful, this intelligent, this motivated. It shows in your poor grammar, inability to spell in a simple sentence, and use of terms like libtard, tropes like George Soros.
Well, believe it. I have given birth to three of these young people you openly disdain - all connected to the world, passionate about equality, knowledgeable about governance, and unafraid of the "adults" who have pushed us to this place. Three who have grown up and lived through bomb threats, drills, and actual gun violence in their high school. They, along with their peers, have had enough.
What is wrong with you that all you can offer in response to their pain is hostility? What is so broken in you that you refuse to see what is so plainly broken in our government? How fearful of everything are you that you cling to conspiracies that are so laughably feeble and easily disproved instead of standing up and supporting common sense changes?
You brayed like mindless donkeys for 8 years about "Obama cummin' fer yer guns" - how did that work out for you? At no point was that even mentioned by President Obama. But your current hero, Trump, has flat out stated he supports taking your guns if you are deemed unstable or a threat, THEN allowing you to go through legal channels. How do you square that in your tiny minds?
You lamely attempt to equate guns with cars. Give that shit up. It is a false equivalency, period. But I'll play. If you truly think cars and guns are equal, then let's apply the same rules and regs to gun ownership as we do to automobile ownership. Registration and yearly renewal, VIN (GIN?) numbers that can track every weapon through purchase to registration to resale to accident and damage. Insurance mandatory to cover the owner and any subsequent accident or injury. Surely if you believe guns and cars are equal, and that you are a RESPONSIBLE GOOD GUY WITH A GUN, then you should be championing these equal requirements.
<insert cognitive dissonance and crickets>
But back to your disbelief that these children could embolden millions to take to the streets not just in DC, but in 844 sister marches around the globe. Maybe you are not possessed of enough intellect or drive. Maybe the offspring you have birthed cannot spell any better than you and have been thoroughly brainwashed by your frightened and limited worldview. That's fine. But just because you are too dim, ineffectual, and frightened does not mean everyone else is.
Especially these young people.
They call BULLSHIT, and will continue to call BULLSHIT until they drive out the cowards, the bigots, the gun nuts, the bought out politicians, the racists, and the proudly ignorant who have driven this country to the brink.
Until they have driven you back into the hidey holes from which Trump emboldened you to slither out.
The DC event was brought home by Emma Gonzalez, who spoke with fire and passion, and then suddenly stopped. For six minutes and twenty seconds she stood silent, tears filling her eyes, ignoring the chants that started then slowly died out as people began to realize what she was doing: honoring the 17 lives that were taken in Parkland in the space of 6 minutes and 20 seconds. In a day of powerful words, her silence spoke the loudest.
Except to the Facebook and Twitter cowards who jeered at her tears, made fun of her silence, called her a bald lesbian.
Again I ask, what the fuck is wrong with you?
Rhetorical question - the answer is obvious: so very much.
844 marches WORLDWIDE. Stay on the wrong side of history if you want, but rest assured, these young people, and the adults who fully support their efforts, have zero problem plowing you under and leaving you in the rearview.