OPINION: You can stop the Millennial bashing

Joey Castonguay, Staff Reporter

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In his article, “The #Me Generation,” published in Vanity Fair, James Wolcott gave his opinion on the up-and-coming generation identified as the millennials.

“Millennials inspire animosity, suspicion, and wary prejudice usually reserved for misunderstood aberrant minorities, such as the original X-Men,” Wolcott writes.

As I have grown up and experienced life for myself, I have been able to learn a few things. One thing especially is that people don’t like change. They dread it actually.

But truth be told, change is inevitable. It is coming. And with a new generation preparing to take over the business world, so too will a new philosophy, a new identity if you will.

Change is almost always met with apprehension. Wanting to cling on to the old way of doing things motivates influential people to suppress the brilliance of a new generation.

How can someone shine when they aren’t given a voice? How can someone have an impact if they are being referred to as incompetent or irrational? Lazy, unmotivated, or soft?

The media will paint us out to be the enemy even with the best intentions in your heart.

Even Wolcott can see our eagerness when he wrote that we are, “ready to take on a world that isn’t making room for them.”

Wolcott fails to understand that he is, in fact, part of the problem, not the solution. What would happen if the millennials were given a fair chance like the previous generation, rather than heaping boatloads of expectations on them?

My mom received an office job right after she graduated high school. Now, kids won’t even get looked at without a college degree.

“They work among us, although if the testimonies of executives, middle management, and Human Resources can be credited, Millies require a constant drizzle of compliments and acknowledgement to remain motivated or at least stop fidgeting,” Wolcott writes.

Why do older generations feel as though they can just treat younger people whichever way they want, talk to them however way they want, and beat them down however much they want without them fighting back? I am all for the notion of respect being earned and not given, but after a certain point people have to give us a chance.

No one can be perfect, and the previous generations certainly were not. So how can they all of a sudden hold us to a higher standard?

The author features a list of five features of millennials that he borrowed from Wonkblog contributor Christopher Ingraham. It really made me sit and think — about five real flaws in the millennial generation.

We are: the most unpatriotic generation, as racist in our attitudes as older generations, the most clueless “duh” generation when it comes to news, vaccines skeptics, and queasy about free speech.

Unpatriotic, I can agree with that. But tell me, how proud can you really be of a country that exploits foreign countries for their resources and executes drone strikes killing hundreds of innocent people? How about all those recordings of police brutality?

Millennials are unpatriotic, but it’s because they are aware. Aware of all the unethical practices carried out by their country.

We see the façade of American news stations, and we just don’t buy it.

Call us what you want, but when we do take over and bring in changes, the older generations will truly get a firsthand glimpse of our potential.

Time will only tell from here on out, and if I were a betting man I wouldn’t bet against us.

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OPINION: You can stop the Millennial bashing