She talked about why she pushed for the walkout and said that there's a disproportionate number of black female victims of gun violence in the United States.
Wadler had the protest last 18 minutes instead of 17 minutes like those at other schools were doing for the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The extra minute was in honor of a black girl who was shot dead at her high school in Alabama. Wadler was initially worried that discussing black female victims would be considered "off topic", but felt comfortable after finding out about "other students from all over would speak from their experiences". The speech became viral, trending worldwide on Twitter, and was praised by black actresses.
When asked if she considers herself an activist, Naomi tells us:
"Well, I haven’t really thought about it. I feel like I’m just standing up for what’s right. I’m not really, like, “Ah, I’m an activist!"
P.I.N.K. Backpack is so proud of Naomi (and her parents) for pushing forward to make her voice heard. Whether Naomi knows it or not, she's making a difference.
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