Protesting Children -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Last week, across the country, students walked out to protest the unwillingness of governmental leaders to take seriously the problem of gun violence in the country. These nonviolent protests, which included a major rally in Washington, DC, raised awareness of the problem of gun violence, called for solutions, and stood in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting (and all the other school shootings, which seem to happen with greater regularity). Martin Marty takes a look at these protests (and counter-protests) in this week's edition of Sightings, asking the question of whether these students are too young to protest. I invite you to read, but also to take into consideration what these protests might signal. We have been talking a lot of late about Millennials (there is a Millennial-Boomer divide). What needs to be noted is that these protesters are, in the main, part of an as yet unnamed generation. Might this be their political awakening? It's too soon to know, but it's an interesting question to contemplate as you read Marty's thoughts (from an era prior to my Boomer era).