Dan Rather said there's no place in "civil society" for "adults" who so cynically attack and deride the "nascent activism" of students in the aftermath of last week's school massacre in Florida.
Rather made the comments in a Facebook post Wednesday night, saying that it's the voices of our children who will eventually "shake the political status quo of our nation."
"To all those 'adults' who mock or lie about the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High (and the waves of sympathetic students across the nation), to all those who rain vitriol down on children's heartbreak and nascent activism, to all those who spread outrageous conspiracy theories meant to dismiss those who demand to be heard, there is no place for you in civil society," Rather wrote in the post.
Rather was reacting to the myriad theories being lobbed this past week from the lunatic fringe, suggesting crisis actors were playing the parts of students, or that the students were pawns in a left-wing plot.
"I know why the reactionary forces who have cynically played the status quo on our gun culture to their political and economic power are fanning the flames of these outrages. They know, as I do, that young adults with passion can change the world," Rather wrote.
"The voice of a child is often a clarion call to action. In their purity lies passion and courage. They are our future. And when they roar, they will be heard and shake the political status quo of our nation," Rather concluded.
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