We’re living in an age where people who seem to know nothing are being told they know everything. Such looks to be true of David Hogg. But he can’t be blamed for being wholly ignorant and completely inexperienced in the world, he’s 19. He’s not supposed to know anything.
After the Marjory Stonemen Douglas shooting the media selected a group of kids who were anti-gun and then pushed their faces into the camera lens with whispers of, “Just say things as if you know. Because you magically do. It’s a miracle. You just know stuff. Speak as if it’s so.” The result was a cringefest of gullible teens being used by people who knew better.
Observing young people with absolutely no perspective whatsoever claim themselves the saviors of society as they’d realized what, for some unknown reason, all humans before them had failed to see…watching them on television shout the naive mantra that because of them there would never be another mass shooting was awful. They were being used as pawns toward a political end, unaware of any real-world mechanisms: the intricacies of danger and defense, the wheels of government and how they (don’t) turn, the history of crime vs availability of guns, and the sophistication of factors in the commission and rise of violent crime, morality, psychiatric medication, religion, media, the disintegration of the family, plus all the other things people argue about where murders are concerned.
But, perhaps, most of all, the unprepared adolescents didn’t understand the realities of the 11-minute news cycle. A gaggle of the soft skulls believed the future was all theirs. It wasn’t. The media picked a story and rode it ’til the ratings waned. Then it was on to the next thing. Buh-bye.
But the Hoggster seems intent upon being that person. The one he was told he was by a media that gave him a 4-second spotlight. Like a pimple on a teenager's face, he keeps popping up now and then. This time he’s changing his rhetoric to fit the passing preference of the moment. For David Hogg, perhaps this will be his new crusade, the fight against white racist America and gun violence and its cause, the one we’re all aware of: white supremacy.
Maybe little David should spend a weekend watching Chicago Television News.