Op-Ed: March Madness

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 6.34.25 PM.pngNCAA Basketball Tournaments weren’t the only thing causing a stir in the media this weekend.

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Millions of people from all of the over world gathered to participate in the March For Our Lives protest. The march was held in honor of the never-ending issue of gun control in Washington, D.C.

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Celebs such as Paul McCartney, Jennifer “J-Hud” Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Speilberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, George Clooney and singer Cher all participated in the march. Seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in that nine-year-old, Yolanda Renee King, Civil Right’s Activist Martin Luther King’s granddaughter, also gave a speech. In the speech, echoing her grandfather’s words, “I have a dream that enough is enough.”

Both Sandy Hook survivors, coupled with those of Parkland survivors attended, participated and spoke in honor of lives lost during their tragic school shootings.

I wrote a couple of articles back about how celebs used their platforms to voice their opinions about the NRA and enforcing gun control. However, what touches me the most throughout all of this, has to be these children.

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For one, it breaks my heart to see children having to do what the government (a group full of educated, adults, “I pay my own bills”) people should be doing. Instead, though, kids who should have to worry about nothing but making great grades and enjoy not paying bills, have to lead by example.

On that same note, I applaud these kids. Not to sound so cliche, but they really are our future. To see them step up to the plate, and speak so eloquently about a situation they shouldn’t had to experience, makes my heart full in a sense. Let’s continue to not only lend our prayers, but our voices, and our actions behind this much needed gun control issue. My only question is, what will it take?

Author: Simone D. Roy

I am an aspiring TV Host, practicing blogger, and "thinker-outlouder". I love God, I love people, and I take an immense amount of pride in being able to tell people's stories deeper than surface level. I am a product of the Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, where I obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in political science. I wouldn't change that for the world. Recently, I've decided to take my talents to the entertainment industry, on a larger, more global platform in order to have more of an impact. I thank you in advance for following along with me on my journey! God Bless!

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