Writer Roxane Gay took to Twitter Wednesday to praise the thousands of young Americans that are calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead.
But the New York Times best-selling author also compared the response to this growing movement to Black Lives Matter. And she says there is a clear double standard in the response to both campaigns.
“It is interesting to note the difference in support for the kids in FL versus the kids in Black Lives Matter,” Gay wrote on Twitter. “I say that with full admiration for the kids in FL, to survive such a trauma and fight for everyone to be safer. But that’s also what was happening in Ferguson and beyond.”
Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz turned a AR-15 rifle on students and teachers last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He killed 17 people.
After being called divisive, she sent out another tweet: “I started to think about this after George Clooney’s announcement. And it isn’t divisive to observe the difference in support from the media, from celebrities, etc. I think the FL kids are fucking awesome but so are the kids in Ferguson and Baltimore and Chicago and more.”
George Clooney, and his wife Amal, donated $500,000 to the upcoming “March For Our Lives,” CNN reports.
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