Oprah Winfrey Made A Powerful Comparison While Praising The Parkland Shooting Survivors

"I feel the echoes of the past."

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The teenage survivors of a recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have inspired many with their passionate calls for gun reform in Washington. A recent CNN town hall, in which young activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke directly to politicians and the NRA, sparked discussion and praise on social media.

However, these survivors have also faced detractors, including those who would dismiss them for their age, or have falsely accused them of being actors. As many have pointed out in response, young people (including teenagers) have been calling for political change and leading activist movements for decades. Now Oprah Winfrey has added her own voice to this comparison.


During press for her upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time with co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, Winfrey told The Associated Press that this is a "proud moment" for the United States, and went on to compare the Parkland students' activism to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s: "Young people said, 'We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We have had enough, and we're willing to fight for it, and willing to march in the streets for it, and, if necessary, die for it.'"

Winfrey went on to say that she feels "the echoes of the past in the spirit of what they're trying to achieve through the March For Our Lives," referring to the upcoming march on Washington, organized by Parkland survivors. Although she may not be at the event in person, Winfrey has already donated $500,000 to the cause, inspired by George and Amal Clooney's contribution. Nevertheless, she emphasized that the students are the true leaders of the march.

According to The Guardian, Winfrey even called the Stoneman Douglas activists "warriors of the light," borrowing a metaphor from her new film. "They're trying to — through their voices, through the March For Our Lives — say: We will not let this happen again. We are going to do what we can to banish the darkness."

Watch Winfrey share her thoughts in the interview below:

(H/T: Vulture)


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