On Monday, Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg appeared on a Twitter livestream with other survivors who have taken front and center in the nationwide debate over gun control.
“We aren’t pushing a liberal or conservative agenda here,” Hogg stated. “We are pushing an agenda to save lives and the future of America.”
“These lobbyist groups, like the NRA, they can buy our politicians, but they can’t buy our voices as American citizens and we need to realize that because when we don’t, we don’t have a democracy, we have a dictatorship.”
Hogg spoke on the importance of Americans getting to the polls to vote because “the seeds of corruption are constantly sprouting” and that it’s our job as citizens to make our voices heard.
Then Hogg brought white privilege into the conversation.
“There is a lot of racial disparity in the way that this is covered. If this happened in a place of a lower socio-economic status or a place like a black community, no matter how well those people spoke, I don’t think the media would cover it the same. … We have to use our white privilege now to make sure that all of the voices — all of the people that have died as a result of this and haven’t been covered the same can now be heard. It’s sad, but it’s true.”