The students behind March For Our Lives were honored by Smithsonian for their activism after the Parkland shooting.
In The Smithsonian Magazine’s December issue, the group of Parkland students who created the March For Our Lives gun control advocacy group were honored. The piece focused on how the students “showed us how to find meaning in tragedy.”
“Instead, founders including Corin, Hogg, Jammal Lemy, and brothers Matt and Ryan Deitsch, dreamed up a nationwide bus tour, inspired in part by the 1964 Freedom Summer, when student volunteers fanned out across Mississippi to register African-American voters,” the piece read.
However, although there are similarities to the organization of the tour, it is a stretch to compare the goals of the tours. The Freedom Riders fought against inequality and pushed for every American to be treated the same.
Other problems with the piece included their perspective on activist David Hogg. He has exaggerated and misrepresented claims multiple times, but the piece claimed he was a pro-Second-Amendment activist who has done hours of research.
“Hogg, a policy wonk, researched each community’s demographics and its history of youth voter turnout and mass shootings,” the piece said. “‘It’s not just for speeches,’ Hogg told me. ‘When I talk to people one-on-one, I need to understand the place I’m talking about.'”