On September 19, Fox News radio released an interview they did with the former frontrunner of the March for Our Lives movement, Cameron Kasky.
The interview started with Cameron saying he was regretful of how he tried to embarrass Senator Marco Rubio at the townhall that took place directly after the Parkland shooting. He stated that he hadn’t even seen it but once since the event took place and has come to realize how harmful his approach was.
Kasky was very honest and said he would have reworded his answer to not come off as so angry, when asked by the Fox News radio team about his question to Rubio. However, it wasn’t until Guy Benson and Marie Harf brought up his plans going forward, that his true revelation was brought to light.
Cameron stated, “This summer when March For Our Lives went on the summer tour that we embarked on—I met that person in Texas whose got that semi-automatic weapon because that’s how they like to protect their family. I met the 50 some odd percent of women who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time. I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals will go into debate, like I said earlier, trying to beat the other one as opposed to come to an agreement…I’m working on some efforts to encourage bipartisanship or at least discussion that is productive and help a lot of people avoid the mistakes that I made.”
Personal growth is extremely hard. Everyone believes they have the right answer and act as if everyone else is wrong. Yet for someone with Cameron Kasky’s influence, it is even more difficult. It takes a strong character and willingness to admit your mistakes on a platform where potentially millions will criticize and analyze what you’ve said. There should be applause from people on both sides of the political spectrum.
He wants to make an effort to find out how to reach across the aisle and stop attacking people for holding beliefs without understanding why they hold them. With knowing what he knows now, he has taken a step back and removed himself from the March For Our Lives board.
When the news promotes outrage and social media outlets promote a form of angry passion, it can be extremely challenging to come to the understanding that these are real people with real reasons behind what they believe. On both sides of the aisle, we see time and time again a takedown culture where everyone gangs up to destroy someone’s career over a disagreement. Kasky is standing up and acknowledging that not only is this wrong, but he was apart of it himself and has changed his mindset.
Don’t allow Kasky’s words to go in one ear and out the other—let it marinate and truly resonate in you. We can learn so much from this one conversation and see change within ourselves and our peers. Both liberals and conservatives, especially the youth, need to search for a middle ground, not a takedown.
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