Survivor of school shooting to use his ‘white privilege’ to offset racial disparities in coverage

About 50 people gathered at the statue of Octavius Catto to remember the victims of gun violence and to call for gun control legislation. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

About 50 people gathered at the statue of Octavius Catto to remember the victims of gun violence and to call for gun control legislation. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

One of the students who survived last month’s shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead says he must use “white privilege” to offset racial disparity in the way the shooting is covered by the media.

Speaking on a Twitter livestream on Monday, David Hogg said the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors are not pushing a liberal or conservative agenda. But the 17-year-old said they “have to use our white privilege” to make sure all people who have died in gun violence can be heard.

Hogg said there is a lot of racial disparity in the way the shooting is covered. He said he doesn’t think the coverage would be the same if the shooting happened in a black community, “no matter how well those people spoke.”

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