David Hogg Pledged to Use His ‘White Privilege’ for Good — Black Parkland Students Call BS


Despite Parkland survivor David Hogg’s pledge to use his “white privilege” for good, black Parkland students complained about a lack of inclusion in the gun debate that Hogg and others led.

About half a dozen black Parkland students held a press conference last week where they complained about their peers’ lack of attention to their voices.

“We feel like people within the movement have definitely addressed racial disparity but haven’t adequately taken action to counteract that racial disparity,” junior Tyah-Amoy Roberts, who said she wasn’t invited to her peers’ March for Our Lives, told Refinery29. “[…] They’ve been saying, but they haven’t been doing,” she added.

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, another black student, said that while she and others were proud of Hogg, they were upset that their peers didn’t turn to black students at their own high school.

“David Hogg, we’re proud of him, but he mentioned he was going to use his white privilege to be the voice for black communities, and we’re kind of sitting there like, ‘You know there are Stoneman Douglas students who could be that voice,’” Ho-Shing said, according to HuffPost.

Hogg previously said that he would use his white privilege “to make sure that all of the voices — all of the people that have died as a result of this and haven’t been covered the same can now be heard.”

But according to Ho-Shing, Hogg wasn’t doing enough to amplify his peers’ voices.

“It hurts because they went all the way to Chicago to hear these voices when we’re right here,” Ho-Shing said.

Ho-Shing did express confidence in her peers, however, and said that “at the end of the day, we’re all fighting the same thing.”

“Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives ― we’re all fighting gun violence, point blank, period,” she said.