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Thu Feb 22, 2018, 10:23 PM

Stoneman Douglas teenagers fearlessly teaching how to effect change in Trump era (excellent)

The Student Teachers
The teenagers from Stoneman Douglas are fearlessly reimagining how to effect change in the Trump era.

By Dahlia Lithwick

In one short week, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have modeled power, eloquence, truth-telling, and hope. Because America seethes with dead-eyed monsters, they are being decried by lunatics as ďcrisis actors,Ē the tools of George Soros, and FBI plants. Despite the fact that these young people are now quite literally contending with death threats and mockery, as well as slammed doors, they are organized and organizing and we should all be taking notes.

I understand the twin temptations to shelter them from whatís to come and to lecture them about the ways they may be doing it wrong. But I, for one, have found myself humbled to near-silence by these brave teenagers, and not just because they are media savvy and seemingly without fear. They are extraordinary. With each spin of the news cycle, these students are offering a lesson for all of us about what protests can look like, and how we can reimagine social justice, in the Trump era. These kids arenít naÔve. They are just better at this than we are. Here are a few of their insights:

1. Give Donald Trump Precisely 5 Percent of Your Mental Energy

These students arenít wasting their time and energy on the president. Outside a handful of tweets on the day of the shootings, and a line or two in speeches and television appearances, the student protesters are modeling how to essentially ignore Donald Trump. They have no interest in talking to him or even about him. They have internalized the lesson that he is a symptom of the problem but unworthy of credit or blame. I suspect that if the rest of us ignored the president half as ably as they have, weíd all have vastly more emotional energy for the fights that really do matter.

2. Donít Waste Time Fighting People Who Donít Share Your Values and Goals

The Stoneman Douglas students donít seem to be wasting their time debating or negotiating with the gun lovers on the other side. They are simply working to get gun legislation passed, to raise awareness, and to energize other young people. As someone who has devoted the greater part of the past year to an intramural media debate about whether to give up completely on the other side or to strive to change hearts and minds, itís refreshing to see that this doesnít really matter. Stoneman Douglas canít be bothered with David Brooks. Endless progressive debate over engagement with opponents or the lack thereof and the complex moral nuance of allyship is a luxury these kids cannot afford and arenít bothered by. Good for them. They have work to do. If Wednesday nightís CNN town hall proved anything, it was that the National Rifle Association and GOP senators literally have no answers for them. They arenít wasting time on gentle persuasion. They know when they are being lied to.

You gotta go read this. The whole thing is excellent. There are two more points that are even better than the two above.


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Thu Feb 22, 2018, 10:36 PM

1. "I, for one, have found myself humbled to near-silence by these brave teenagers"

Yeah, no kidding. Me too and I like it!

MSD Strong. #NeverAgain.

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Fri Feb 23, 2018, 12:23 AM

2. I loved one of them tonight

said Trump was told yesterday and nothing has happened. We're done with him we're moving on. His weasel words aren't gonna work with them.

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