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Monday, February 18, 2019

David Hogg: ‘Nobody Likes To See Us As Kids’

Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever.

David Hogg, a survivor of last year’s Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind.

He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he heard a gunshot at 2:30 p.m.

He and his terrified classmates crammed into a small closet as more gunfire erupted. The shooter fired more than 100 rounds from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 people. Fourteen of them were students.

“It was sheer terror,” Hogg told CNN days later.

In that cramped closet, the 17-year-old student journalist pulled out his cellphone and started interviewing classmates closest to him.…

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Creating A Global ‘Lost Generation’

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.

 

Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump. How, during the very weeks when the headlines were filled with grim news of child separations and suffering at the U.S.-Mexico border, she asked, could the first daughter and presidential adviser be so tone-deaf as to show herself hugging her two-year-old son? Similarly, six months earlier, she had been photographed posing with her six-year-old daughter in the glossiest of photos. America had, in other words, found its very own Marie Antoinette, gloating while others suffered. “I wish,” Brzezinski tweeted at Ivanka, “you would speak for all mothers and take a stand for all mothers and children.”

The problem, however, wasn’t just the heartlessness and insensitivity of the first daughter, nor was it simply the grotesque disparity between those mothers on the border and her.…

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Could This Be Our Millennial Moment?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State’s campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle.

The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier era. “Mad Men,” maybe, or “Father Knows Best.”

The message, over his right shoulder: “Old people are ruining your life. VOTE.”

Every once in a while, I share a photo of this bumper sticker on my public Facebook wall to spark a discussion about voting.…

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