FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2018
Post-Parkland Has Exposed the Racial Divide in How Gun Violence is Covered
Organizations and advocates can no longer ignore the daily scourge of gun violence in impacted communities.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we honor Dr. King’s message and legacy of nonviolence while recognizing that our nation still has a long way to go in fully realizing his dream.
“While the gun violence prevention movement has made tremendous progress, the events of the past several weeks have also highlighted an unacceptable discrepancy and an ugly truth. In the eyes of politicians, the media, and many across this nation, there are two types of gun violence: the mass shootings that shake white America and the day-to-day carnage that has been normalized and ignored in communities of color.
“The media has only given us a glimpse into the devastating reality that impacted communities live with every single day. We saw Stephon Clark shot down in his own backyard. We saw 1-year-old Malaysia Robson shot in a drive-by shooting. We saw horrifying videotape of police telling Alton Sterling that they were going to shoot him and then doing exactly that. These instances made the news, but many more lives have been lost without much attention — or any attention at all. No one has been covering their marches or funerals or vigils. We must change that.
“In his final speech, Dr. King said that the ‘greatness of America is the right to protest for right.’ The growing movement we are seeing can only be right if it is truly inclusive. Gun violence doesn’t discriminate; our attention and our solutions to reducing such violence shouldn’t discriminate either.”