Please Stop And Think Before Attacking The Parkland Survivors

Please Stop And Think Before Attacking The Parkland Survivors

I mean, they've just watched their friends die. Haven't they been through enough?
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One would think that a shooting as tragic and heart wrenching as the one at Florida's Parkland High School on Valentine's Day would force people to come together and advocate for justice.

Instead, all I see on Facebook are adults criticizing and condemning the Parkland survivors for standing up in the face of injustice. Whether it's accusing them of being crisis actors (which newsflash: are not a thing!) or attacking them for organizing walkouts and marches, people everywhere are having no problem demeaning these children.

The kids in Florida have seen their friends die, they have been stuck in a high school while armed deputies stood outside and watched, they have attended more funerals in one week than most people attend in a year.

They should not have to also be dealing with such oblivious judgment from a generation that has, for the most part, probably not experienced the trauma and pain they are feeling right now.

Yes, Gladys on Facebook, it is true that back in your day you didn't have active shooter drills at school or have to worry about whether or not you should purchase a bulletproof backpack. But that doesn't mean you should ignore it while it's happening now and pretend that this occurs just because modern parents aren't "disciplining their kids right" or because video games these days are "just too violent."

Also, Gladys, being bullied is not a justification for murder. Stop putting the blame on the survivors for not "being more friendly" toward their classmates and actually blame the man that thinks it's okay to shoot children with an AR-15.

If it was your child that was in Parkland High School on February 14, would you still sympathize with the man that wanted to kill them? Would you still excuse his actions just because he got "bullied"?

I was made fun of in school too. People laughed at my glasses, my acne, the fact that I had few friends. I'm sure many other students felt as insecure as I did in high school.

But the difference between me and Nikolas Cruz is that I never once thought of walking into my school with a weapon used in modern warfare and intentionally murdering the kids that I grew up with and interacted with everyday (whether those interactions were positive or negative.)

Another thing that the older generations need to stop doing is condemning Generation Z for their newly found activism. In case you haven't noticed, children hold the country's future in their tiny, yet mighty hands!!

All of these senators refusing to do anything toward gun control and continuing to collect money from the NRA will all be saying goodbye to their jobs when the Parkland survivors are able to vote in a few years.

And for the people that feel it is "disrespectful" for kids to be walking out of school for the March for Our Lives and other protests, you know what else is disrespectful? Having a man with an assault rifle walk into your school and completely wreak havoc among you and your peers.

I would say that's a little more worrisome than children missing 17 minutes of school. I'm sure they wouldn't have learned anything useful during that time period anyway.

Acknowledging that you have a voice and using that voice for social change and justice will provide you with an education a thousand times more valuable than what the typical high school curriculum contains.

In summary, those that think it's okay to shut down the Parkland survivors' voices just because they're children and apparently don't know anything about the real world should remember that these kids were forced to face death and came out alive when some of their closest peers and mentors did not.

So, you should probably just mind your business and let them fight for what they believe in. They've been through enough.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Gillette Somehow Faces Backlash For Saying That Women Should Be Treated Like People

I mean seriously, what just happened?

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I've always found it funny when conservatives make fun of liberal "snowflakes" the get offended by everything only to burn their Nikes when the company ran an ad with a guy they don't like. Another example of this hypocrisy happened just this week.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last week or so, the razor company Gillette, also the namesake of the New England Patriot's stadium released an ad that has divided the internet just as effectively as any blue and black dress...or white and gold...whatever. How were they able to accomplish this? All it took was a simple advertisement.

The ad played on Gillette's famous slogan, "The Best A Man Can Get." It went on to show casually sexist men catcalling, stalking, and silencing women, an experience that I'm sure any woman can relate to. The men in the commercial responded with the age-old excuse of "boys will be boys" and dismissed these events. However, as the ad progresses other men begin to intervene on the women's behalf and basically saying that this crap ain't right, which it's not. The ad ends with a text saying "It's only by challenging ourselves to do more than we can get closer to our best."

Personally, I thought nothing of the ad. To me, all it was saying was "please don't be a dick to women. Women are people too." I found these positions to be pretty reasonable, and the advertisement left my mind completely...until the next morning. Remember how I thought the ad was reasonable? Yeah, not everyone else thought so.

Social media was inundated by those who hated the ad, and many were calling a boycott of Gillette in response to it. This, of course, started another one of those respectful, thoughtful and nuanced conversations that the internet is known for...I'm kidding.

It was a bloodbath with accusations of sexism and toxic masculinity and toxic femininity and Nazism and communism and so many other political buzzwords that even Fox News would've had an aneurysm.

As I read as many comments and tweets as I could (as much as I could stomach anyway), I found that the vast majority of negative responses boiled down to two basic complaints. The first of these is the accusation that the ad paints all men as rapists and woman-haters, demonizing an entire gender. However, if you actually watched the ad for more than thirty seconds, you would see that this is bullshit.

The ad doesn't paint all men as trash, just the ones that are acting like trash.

In fact, there are even men in the ad holding other men accountable for their actions. In my opinion, if you think that the ad is treating men like trash for no good reason, then you probably see yourself in those trash men, which probably means that you are, in fact, also trash.

The other large complaint was that they saw it as liberal propaganda, with a lot of comments reading something along the lines of "keep politics out of my razors!" This of course, is only said when you disagree with the politics being pushed. If Gillette had run an ad with a more conservative angle, the same people bashing it now would have had no issue. Whenever someone says "I don't want politics in my [insert thing here]," they really mean "I don't want politics that I disagree with in my [insert thing here]." This goes for both sides of the political spectrum.

All in all, Gillette made a reasonable ad that promoted the idea that maybe we shouldn't treat women like objects that are meant to bring us pleasure. Unfortunately, Gillette underestimated the unholy amounts of sexism and right-wing hatred on the internet, which is only allowed to escape 4chan when something is about to utterly destroy the fabric of society....like a football player not standing for a song and other such world ending events. I find the ad pretty tame and harmless, but always remember that in the era of social media, the standards for outrage are extremely low, and only getting lower.

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