Everyone is talking about 11 Year Old Naomi Wadler and Her Message of Hope for Black Girls

A fifth-grader from Virginia, who led a walkout at her elementary school earlier this month stood up in front of hundreds of thousands of people and the national media at Saturday's “March for Our Lives” in Washington with one message: Black girls have been left out of the gun violence conversation for too long.

Wadler’s goal was to give a voice to the many women of color, especially black women, whose murders are overlooked.  Her target, being the American media, she condemned their selective treatment of black girls as “just numbers, instead of vibrant, beautiful girls that fill a potential”.

11-year-old Wadler led a walkout at her elementary school on March 14 as part of the national effort to bring attention to gun violence in American schools. She said she and her peers stood outside for 18 minutes, a minute longer than many schools around the country had planned to walkout.

“People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own,” she continued. “People have said that I am a tool of some nameless adult. It’s not true. My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn’t equal for everyone, and we know what is right and wrong. We also know that we stand in the shadow of the capital and we also know that we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote”; Wadler said as she addressed the crowd amidst cheers of support.

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