As recently as June and July of 2017, studies by GenForward show that Millennials are increasingly tuning out on issues of race and equality. The poll found that young people are divided along racial and ethnic lines in their concerns about racism and police brutality. Millennials, particularly white and Asian millennials, are sleeping on issues of race.
Our generation is also not particularly fond of capitalism or socialism, according to a Harvard Public Opinion Project in 2016. White millennials are also the least enthusiastic or optimistic about the American Dream.
Basically, most studies that come about Millennials point to the fact that we really don’t like or care about much of anything. We’re idealists. Millennials want to have an impact and make choices driven by our values, and we often see direct community engagement (like community service)as more important and influential than political engagement. Increasingly, we are shutting down, tuning out on social issues and turning up our music instead.
This is a stupid thing to do. So put that galaxy/note/iphone thing away and listen up. No one is going to fix the world but us. Let’s face it. Baby boomers were all talk in the 60’s and now they’re content to let us drown in the problems they can’t solve. The Earth’s warming with catastrophic results, social security won’t be there for us when we’re old and gray, student loan debt is ballooning with no end in sight and we have a shorter life expectancy than previous generations. The Boomers and the Xers haven’t done jack for us. Look at Congress. It’s a mess. And do our parents and grandparents do anything about it? Yeah, they keep electing the same ineffectual leaders that have been in office failing to do the hard work of compromising to get shit done. Thanks, ya’ll.
So let’s face up to some cold hard facts. IF WE DON’T FIX IT, NO ONE WILL.
Okay, now don’t panic. Take a breath. We don’t have to solve everything at once. Focus. One thing at a time.
It’s a scary mountain to face with all the things we need to fix. Most of us have looked in every direction, read every headline since the 2016 election and said “Oh, God. What do I do? How can I fix it? Where do I even start?”
I know. I know. Women’s rights. Climate change. Nuclear war. Shoring up foreign relations. Education. The list goes on and on. It’s enough to make anyone curl up in a little ball and cry.
Let’s tackle one big problem at a time.
It’s time to put your rally cap on. This is your step by step manifesto for kicking a** and getting this country and the world back on track.