Politics. We all either love politics, or we hate politics. I feel like I am in the latter of the two. Hating them does not mean I am not politically active though. To the contrary, I have been active since 2015. That year, I began to care about what happened to others besides myself. I wanted to help and to do that I had to develop an political identity.
Why do I need to talk about politics?
The reason I have to has to do with social and civil justice. Which, according to some people is a problem, but according to others is not a problem at all. I got that perspective from my interactions with other people. It is an opinion, my opinion, and I understand that some of you will disagree with me. You have the right to feel that way, but I believe it is a problem. It just came to my attention two years ago.
Yes, I know I will hear the usual, “Your being brainwashed in a liberal leaning college.” That is not the case though. I am not going to go into my personal feelings. The issue does not involve just me. It involves everyone in the millennial generation. My generation, at least my age group, is political to a fault. We get too much into it. Again, an opinion, but let me make one thing clear, we have that right. Everyone has that right. To dismiss our right to believe what we want to believe in because we were born between 1984 and 2004 is ridiculous.
Whether it is racial, accessibility, religious or anything else we as a country need to start opening our eyes to it. It happens all the time. It seems that not enough people care though. The people who do seem to care are millennials. That is what I see on the news. I do not see many older people putting forth the effort to help. Not to say that there are not any, they are some. If you need advocacy help please go to our advocacy page.
The social injustice that millennials get recently has been the term, “snowflake.” I feel that this designation is derogatory and has taken on a bad reputation. What a “snowflake” cares about is this. Wanting racial and ethnic policies to become more open and accepting, people with disabilities having affordable access to everything that those who are not do, and for politicians to do what they say they are going to do. They need to do what is best for the country, and I do not see that.
A snowflake is something beautiful that comes during snow. Not someone who thinks others should have the same rights they do. The Atlantic analyzed why millennials are leaning left and they have some valid points in their article. Note that this article was before the 2016 Presidential election.
What can you do about it? Acceptance.
I believe that a lot of people care, but they do nothing about it. Volunteer, go out and vote, be an active citizen. All of those things help. This country is at a crossroads right now, and the way we handle ourselves in the coming year will determine our success. Mutual respect should be something that shouldn’t be asked for. Next time I will be looking at how depression is affecting millennials and why it affects our jobs.