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Following Oprah's Tweet, Young BLM Activists Highlight Difference In Treatment Compared To Florida's Teen Activists

Things got especially tense when Oprah compared the Florida teens to the “Freedom Riders of the 60s."

The tragic shooting massacre at Miami's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately inspired Florida teens to stand up and fight for what they believed in--more effective gun control. Their activism garnered wide praise, including celebrities who banded together to donate toward the teens' March for Our Lives initiative. However, many people have begun to question why this movement is gaining more support than the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last Tuesday, Oprah tweeted that she would match George and Amal Clooney's $500,000 donation for the march. In her tweet, she compared the Florida teen activists to the Freedom Riders who fought for black Americans' right to vote. 



On the contrary, the mainstream accolades and support for the Florida teen activists have been starkly different for Black Lives Matter movement. BLM activists are side-eyeing the recent backing for "March For Our Lives," given the lack of assistance they received for their own efforts fighting against police brutality.

Acclaimed author Roxane Gay even called out the double standard a few days ago, noting, "I think the FL kids are f*cking awesome but so are the kids in Ferguson and Baltimore and Chicago and more."

National director of Black Youth Project 100 Charlene Carruthers tweeted her disappointment on Twitter in response to Oprah's tweet.





Carruthers speaks to the fact that Black Lives Matter has not received this same outpouring of celebrity or financial support; some members of the movement have even been labeled domestic terrorists.

In looking for explanations as to why the gun control activists seem to be gaining traction over BLM activists, Carruthers and activist Leslie Mac noted that there is a marked difference in the skin color of many of the gun control youth leaders and the BLM leaders:




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