When Trump supporters attempted to take over the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the world was shocked. Individuals have been glued to their tv and cellphone screens because the rebel unfolded reside on U.S. information channels and social media. Among the many viewers? Young people.
“It was virtually bodily nauseating,” stated Cayla Kushner, a tenth grade pupil at Laguardia Excessive College in New York Metropolis. “I simply felt very powerless.”
College students lived by way of many historic moments throughout former President Donald Trump’s administration, and his actions and phrases prompted a lot of them to hitch social justice actions.
Teenagers say they follow what’s happening at the Capitol as a result of it straight impacts their lives — and in a number of years, they’ll be capable to take a stand on the poll field.
Two pupil moderators from the New York Youth Journalism Association joined a gaggle of friends on a Jan. 14 Zoom video name to debate the rebel and what they suppose it means for nationwide politics as an entire, now and sooner or later.
“It was simply loopy as a result of every part appeared … after the election, to not settle down, however no less than barely from what was occurring earlier than,” stated Lucia Tsurumaki, a tenth grader at LaGuardia Excessive College. “Then, simply out of the blue, we activate the information, and it was very chaotic and simply kind of disgusting to look at in a roundabout way. So many individuals simply going there without delay in a really violent and chaotic method.”
The dialog coated points such because the police response during the insurrection, Trump’s feedback to the mob, and his second impeachment. College students additionally shared their ideas about race and fairness, social media, and Era Z as they pertain to nationwide politics.
“I’ll be blunt,” stated Joshua Araujo, a senior on the Academy of American Research. “I don’t suppose that there’ll ever be unity within the nation.”
Watch the total dialog beneath.