By William H. Gladstone.
The recent shooting of an African American teenager in the Kansas City Northland has once again brought attention to the issue of gun violence in our communities. While the news cycle has moved on, it is important that we take a moment to reflect on what we can learn from this tragic event.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the shooting, many have been quick to label the shooter as a racist without sufficient evidence. This knee-jerk reaction only serves to further divide our community and detracts from the important work of addressing the root causes of gun violence.
From an activist perspective, social media has provided a powerful tool to mobilize support and demand action on issues of racial injustice. However, it is clear that traditional media outlets still hold significant sway in shaping public discourse. Therefore, it is essential that activists engage in multiple protests and events to keep the issue in the public eye.
On the other hand, we have seen far-right trolls using social media to sow division and promote hateful rhetoric. It is disappointing to see such behavior from individuals who seem to take pleasure in exploiting tragic events for their own twisted purposes.
Meanwhile, elected officials have not hesitated to use this incident to push their own political agendas. However, we must remember that the issue of race is a complex and multifaceted one that requires thoughtful discussion and constructive engagement.
As a city, we must come together to mourn the loss of yet another young life and to work towards a future where such tragedies do not occur. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to take action on this critical issue.