Friday Reading List: Student Voice, Gun Violence, and School Discipline

Brittany Packnett is at Mic with a great video, explaining the privilege inherent in much of the gun violence debate:

“White privilege is walking out of your school in protest of gun violence and not being met with any consequences,” Packnett said. “White privilege is staging a walkout for gun control and having colleges and universities say that you will not be punished and your admission won’t be changed, when the same was not happening for Ferguson and Baltimore school walkouts. White privilege is being able to open carry without fear of retaliation. White privilege is the knowledge that your race will never add any additional weight to what you have to carry around all the time.”

By focusing on mass shootings as an organizing principle, the gun violence prevention debate ends up excluding many voices, namely those of children of color who are affected by daily handgun violence. Not to mention, people who are victims of domestic and police violence.

There is some evidence that the March for Our Lives, which will happen on Saturday, has taken this criticism into account. Here's Jen Kirby of Vox with an explainer:

Thousands of people are expected to rally in Washington, DC, this weekend for a March for Our Lives protest to advocate for gun control. Thousands more will join them at other marches in cities large and small across the country. Their motto is #NeverAgain. This march, happening Saturday, March 24, at noon Eastern time in DC, marks the second big push of teenage activism against gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Close to a million students stood up and streamed out of classrooms across the country last week as part of the National School Walkout. The protest honored the victims of the Parkland shooting one month ago and called on lawmakers to pass gun control legislation.

I will be at the march in DC tomorrow, and I will be tweeting live from my personal twitter account.

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In addition, I will be taking over the Citizen.Education Instagram tomorrow with live footage of the march, so be sure to check that out as well!

Speaking of Citizen Ed, head over to twitter to check out the highlights from last night's #KidsNotCriminals conversation about school discipline. 

The conversation included a wide range of voices, including parents, teachers, students, and policymakers. Be sure to check out the questions, and if you have answers or reflections, please share them, using the hashtag!

Have a great weekend.