From The Mouth Of Babes: 11 Year Old Checks Dallas Politicians For Rudeness

March 1, 2013  |  


Sometimes, the best wisdom comes from children. That was the case today, when 11 year old David Williams confronted Dallas City Council members as he was there to talk to them about gun control solutions. During his address to the City Council members, David noticed that they were walking around, seemingly distracted, clearly not paying attention to him.

Instead of being discouraged by their rudeness, David simply and politely asked them,

“Do you feel it is acceptable for city council members to be up and walking around while constituents are addressing them?”

Well, his comment certainly caught everyone by surprise and even made the council start paying attention. Council  member Dwaine Caraway was impressed by David’s courage and truth and responded during the meeting.

“Let me first be apologetic to you because I do walk a lot around here but we had to keep things going at times but it is not so respectful to walk around when visitors are speaking so I will adhere to that as well.” 

David’s mother, Shatara Mathis, who took David to the meeting so he could see leadership in action, was naturally, very proud of her son. Mathis decided to homeschool David after he was being bullied in school and said she had no idea that he was planning on stepping up to the podium he could barely see over to say those words.

“I was very proud because sometimes it’s out of the mouth of a babe that you really get enlightened as an adult.”


Check out the video of David schooling the city council members and what he and his mother had to say about the incident on the next page.

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