The Millennial Gap
The concept of the “generation gap” has been around since the beginning of time. Today, dosage we label generational divides by the decades between the vast perspectives, viagra buy core values, lifestyles and the political leanings of people within categories such as Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and the Millennials. The gap between the delayed gratification folks versus the I want it right now ones and the work to live versus the live to work folks seems to be ever increasing as we continue to be fully immersed in the political season. A season that feels more akin to an episode of the television show Punk’d or a story on the front page of The Onion, a farcical newspaper that features world, national and community news, than it does to any actual reality. We have people calling for a political revolution.
Revolution, as a concept for Millennials, is not the same as it is for the Baby Boomers that lived through the violence of the 1960s when the assassinations of Kennedy, Medgar, Malcolm, King and Kennedy had major cities burning from Watts to Detroit, Chicago to Philadelphia, Newark, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Baltimore. Church burnings were rampant, along with state-sanctioned violence and the struggle for civil rights and social justice filled the streets of America with blood. Baby Boomers do not throw around the term “revolution” without pause because there are grave and deadly consequences to political revolution, consequences that Millennials have not completely thought through. Urban communities like Detroit and Newark have never recovered from the race riots, massive destruction of property, economic blight and white flight of the 1960s and 1970s. However, the politics of discrimination could not overcome the tenacity and commitment surrounding the engagement of a disenfranchised Black population finally able to participate in the process of Democracy. The battle was hard fought by warriors for justice in the decades of social and political revolution, by those who are now called the Baby Boomers. The power of the vote as the ultimate proof of citizenship created a climate and cultivated a cultural shift over time (decades) that was able to elect America’s first Black President. And now we stand at a place where some say we need a political revolution that will compel the super rich to share the wealth and the economic power brokers to give back to those who made them rich. A revolution? Really? Many who are calling for this so-called revolution are not prepared for what that call really means and what it may cost.
Those who lived through the dogs, the beatings, the bullets, riots and fires of the struggle for civil rights want to caution our children and our grandchildren to be very careful what they do with the vote that they have, for when they call for revolution they may be unprepared to see it through to its end point, especially when the sacrifice must be added up in both blood and treasure. Access to the ballot must be protected at all costs because that is truly the way to make change that is both Constitutional and transformational. We don’t just want to burn stuff down in the search of revolution…unless perhaps it is the criminal justice system. The Boomers and the Millennials are divided about how we make the change we need and who will be the champions to carry the banner. We do NOT disagree that change is needed…how we make that change is where the generation gap becomes crystal clear.
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