“I am black. I am an immigrant. I am a Jew. I have an opinion. And I am not going anyplace. Get used to it. #BlackGirlMagic”.
Wadler became an activist against gun violence in the USA when, aged just 11, she helped organise a school walk out at her elementary school. 60 children stood in silence for 18 minutes: 17 minutes in memory of the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and one minute in memory of Courtlin Arrington, a black girl who had been a victim of gun violence at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Ten days later, she gave a speech at the March for Our Lives rally, where she was the youngest speaker. She told the crowd: “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”
She has described discrimination she has faced as a Black Jew, including taunts from classmates. Despite this, she is proud of her heritage, having Tweeted “I am black. I am an immigrant. I am a Jew. I have an opinion. And I am not going anyplace. Get used to it. #BlackGirlMagic”.