Alt-Black.com wishes to congratulate the student survivors from Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who led today's 800,000 strong "March For Our Lives" national demonstration in Washington, D.C. We also congratulate every student across the country, over the past 30 days, who protested against the profit driven killing machine of gun manufacturers, their hired lobbyist like the NRA, and the politicians who line their pockets with blood money to protect corporate interests.
Alt-Black.com called for support of these students because they were literally fighting for their lives, and the lives of students across the country. They didn't wait for "adults" to act. They blasted the hypocrisy of politicians and the corrupt nexus of government, corporate America and lobbyists who own the government. And, despite the fact that the goals of "Never Again" to remedy gun violence are reformist, they were not willing to sell out their beliefs. And they haven't.
Since the school shooting on February 14, and the first local protest in Parkland, Florida, Alt-Black.com's reading of the situation anticipated these protests had the potential to swell into a significant national fightback mode. Further, we said the student killings at Parkland would inevitably intersect with the epidemic of Black youth dying from gun violence, especially at the hands of law enforcement.
Thus, Alt-Black.com also took the position that it was important for Black activists who have participated in the "Black Lives Matter" movement and other protests against police brutality, openly support these students, despite them being mostly White and from affluent backgrounds.
Frankly, Alt-Black.com was concerned that Black groups would miss the opportunity to support a just movement, build new relationships and forge new alliances with these student activists. As was noted on the Dashboard, statements of support were made by Black Lives Matter leaders and other Black groups.
More importantly, in the buildup to the national demonstration, Parkland's "Never Again" students held several meetings with Black organizations and Black youth leaders across the country. Several Black student leaders and their families visited Parkland over the last month. Parkland students also traveled to several cities to meet Black activists. We also noticed that on the March 14, National School Walkout Day, Black student participation, including at predominantly Black schools was on the uptick.
The result of these interactions was clearly evident on the stage at today's march and rally in Washington, D.C. Black students from Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Florida, gave compelling and impactful statements of support.
One of most important takeaways from the past five weeks, is a point Alt-Black.com has been emphasizing about the potential for the Black Nationalist movement to expand its ranks and influence in the days ahead. Parkland's "Never Again" efforts grew from a single high school protest in mid-February to a day of 800 protests of 1.5 million people in the United States and several countries.
The leadership that Parkland students demonstrated, underscores the importance of getting prepared now for the days of tumult that lay ahead. There is much to be learned from Parkland's "Never Again" movement.