6 Kids Explaining Injustices to Adults


By CRISTINA COSTANTINI (@xtinatini)

June 13, 2013

Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems. This phrase, or a version of it, has been around since Biblical times.

But in recent years, YouTube videos of children explaining the flaws of the adult world have gone viral. From mistreatment of animals to women's rights, kids have tackled hard topics and even sparked global debates with their YouTube videos.

Here are 6 children from around the world that have gotten our attention:

The most recent of these videos features a 11-year-old Yemeni girl escaping a forced marriage. Nada al-Ahdal says she would rather die than get married at her age. The 3 minute clip with English subtitles got almost 6 million views in two days. Check it out here:

Luiz Antonio may just be the world's youngest declared vegetarian. About to eat a meal with octopus in his high-chair, the little Brazilian boy asks his mother why humans eat animals. After she tries to explain the reason most of us (this author included) feast on animals, Luiz Antonio responds, "I don't like that they die, I like when they stand up... Animals, we have to take care of them, not eat them."

As his mother begins to cry at his poignant statement, Luiz Antonio asks, "I'm doing something beautiful?" The video was posted two months ago and already has millions of views on YouTube.

In this clip, the pint-sized Riley speaks out against the stark contrast of toys marketed towards girls versus those geared towards boys.

"Why do girls have to buy princesses? Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses," she exclaims in her frustration.

Nine-year old Asean Johnson helped save his school, the Marcus Garvey Elementary School, from closing earlier this year with his impassioned speech against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education. Johnson argued that school closings disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods, and that Emanuel was not doing enough to support such schools.

"You should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You should be supporting these schools, not closing them," Johnson said. "We are not toys, we are not going down without a fight."

Ali Ahmed, a 12-year-old Egyptian boy, spoke out earlier this month against the Muslim Brotherhood, labeling it a "fascist theocracy." They say women are all equal, he says, "except in matters that contradict Islamic law." "It's outrageous," he says, "I can't beat up my wife and almost kill her and then tell you this is discipline."

And finally, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student banned from attending school at age 11 by the Taliban, publicly spoke out on behalf of education for girls. Last year, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She survived the attempt and has continued her activism for equal education rights, even speaking at the UN earlier this month.