After the February 14th school shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the student-led fight for common sense gun reform has taken over the media and the nation. Change finally seems possible.
However, gun violence in schools is not new. The media has neglected stories of gun violence in minority communities for decades. And several Parkland students at the helm of the #NeverAgain gun control fight have even pointed out that the media mostly ignores the non-white members of the diverse Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student body. Once again, minority experiences and stories are being ignored by mainstream news outlets.
To insert diverse voices into the dialogue, Parkland survivor Carlitos Rodriguez started the #StoriesUntold hashtag on Twitter. The hashtag began as a way for Parkland students of color to share their experiences from that fateful day. Rodriguez and his student campaign team are also encouraging others to use the tag to raise awareness about gun violence in minority communities.
Less than 24 hours after its creation, the #StoriesUntold tag has swept Twitter. Fellow Parkland students, victims of gun violence, and those just aiming to raise awareness have all shared experiences in an effort to expand the conversation.
The students encourage everyone who has experienced gun violence to share their stories using #StoriesUntold.
By supporting each other and allowing silenced groups to be heard on a global platform, the Parkland students and those standing with them can and will bring about change.