David Hogg Apologizes For Denouncing Violence, Saying His Message Only Applies To ‘Young White People’

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David Hogg, the 20-year-old anti-gun activist who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the school shooting in 2018, criticized violence as a way to “seize power” in a Monday tweet thread — and was then forced to apologize to a Twitter mob of angry left-wing activists.

Hogg wrote in his original Tweet, “We must not fall for the slander espoused by those in power that says violence will solve our problems, they only say that so they can have an excuse to grow their authoritarianism.”

Touching on his experience at the Florida high school, Hogg added, “I have seen how violence and hate destroys lives and communities- it is not the answer.”

Democrats have tried to ignore the violence and vandalism that has gone hand-in-hand with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the country, a feat that has become increasingly difficult, with one recent study finding that 95 percent of riots in the U.S. this year are tied to BLM. The current narrative among Democratic leaders and their friends in the media is to deflect blame for the violence on “right-wing extremists.”

Hogg, the corporate media darling and youth activist, appeared to be one of the few people on the left actually addressing the violent nature of BLM protests.

However, after receiving a wave negative feedback, Hogg reverted to the mainstream narrative. In proceeding tweets from the thread, Hogg clarified that he only denounces violence from “young white people,” who Hogg has seen “arming themselves or wanting to so they can go and loot and act in antagonistic ways against the state trying to use allyship as a cover.” 

“Let me be clear,” Hogg wrote, “what I am NOT trying to do is tell BIPOC people how they should react to violence directed at them by the state.” Hogg explained that he isn’t denouncing violence from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) because “It’s not my place or any white persons to direct or criticize the way BIPOC people choose to defend themselves against this violence from the state.” 

An hour after Hogg clarified that he only denounces violence from “young white people” he added to his thread, “I am sorry for how understandably anyone could have misinterpreted what was said.”

He continued tweeting, “I appreciate those that have called me out and let me know how this tweet was offensive and I am welcome to continuing to learn. Many are understandably upset and offended and I have have (sic) to do my part in admitting to mistakes when I make them and supporting my friends.”

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