Parkland survivor and gun control activist David Hogg said that the biggest media mistake in covering the shooting was “not giving black students a voice.”
Axios’ Mike Allen asked, “Specifically what happened at Parkland, what’s the biggest mistake the media made in covering your situation?”
“Not giving black students a voice, honestly,” Hogg said. “My school’s about 25 percent black, from what I can recall, and about I believe 50 percent white.”
Hogg then shared an anecdote about a story about a gun death that he heard at Thurgood Marshall High School Thursday, a charter school in Washington, D.C.
“They’re amazing people, but that didn’t get covered the same because it’s a poor community and it’s a community that’s mostly people of color. It’s disgusting.”
“Every single day we have over 96 gun deaths,” he continued. “And if you look at a place like Chicago, if you look at a place like Liberty City, or almost anywhere that’s of lower socioeconomic status or just has more people of color, the media does not cover the same.”
“They cover it for one day and it’s about maybe a 30 second segment. If this happens in a place where a lot, honestly, people in the upper middle-class area of America that are predominantly white, live, it gets covered for weeks if not years.”