Deadly shootings are a grim fact of daily life in inner-city schools and neighborhoods across South Florida. But beyond these neighborhoods, these deaths receive little attention.” Now, a determined band of minority teenagers from Broward and Miami-Dade counties are plotting a summer of action.
Channeling the movement that began with March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., and was amplified by the May 18 high-school shooting in Texas, survivors of the Feb. 14 Parkland massacre are collaborating with young people in other cities and allies at national anti-gun-violence organizations to direct some of the #NeverAgain spotlight on areas where gun violence claims young lives at an alarming rate.
“We’re trying to share the minority perspective, the experience. People who feel like they have a voice and it hasn’t been heard,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas junior Kai Koerber says.
Activists in South Florida’s communities of color welcome the attention, but it is optimism tempered by skepticism. The intersection of gun control and race has been a lonely place.