Millennial Flow in America
Generation rising on the Horizon of Change
America is a young government even though its independence from British influence is more than 200 years old.
The history of the United States of America is a legacy for every family within its borders... documented or not... Native or not... willfully immigrated or forcefully immigrated... a family story has been told—and is being told—of how they came to America.
It may seem unnecessary to mention, but there is a responsibility to do our part to pass the political baton to the next generation. Taking on that responsibility may not get media attention or make you a household name.
Hopefully, being unsung will not stop any American from being informed and concerned about government influence in our personal lives.
What we do in this era must be done thinking on behalf of generations to come... for the people in our bloodline... for humanity.
We have a national life and a private life.
Exercising our right not to believe we share a national life does not make that fact any less real.
Our ancestors, our elders did their best to make life better for our generation. The latest buzzword: millennial.
Our birth enrolled us into the political process of this country.
Becoming a politician, may not be our purpose but we should purpose to understand how the historical events of America have a ripple effect on what is happening in our lives today.
According to a statement from The Pew Charitable Trust initiative, LivingFacts.org, anyone born between 1981-1996, hashtag millennials, "are soon projected to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest group, with growing influence in society, the workplace and politics."
What does that mean? Aside from growth in numbers, this means more boots on the ground with accelerated public and private influence on positive change for all Americans.
History affirms significant social change gained traction through the efforts of young people.
How LivingFacts.org defines a generation may be subject to opinion; but it is a good place to start:
- The Greatest Generation (born before 1928) Won World II.
- The Silent Generation (born 1928-1945) came of age during the Korean War, known for traditional and civic instincts.
- The Baby Boomer (born 1946-1964) Leaders of counter cultural upheavals of the 1960s; beginning to retire.
- Generation X (born 1965-1980) Savvy and entrepreneurial; they are in their prime earning years; suffered major setbacks during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.
- Millennials (born 1981-1996) more diverse than older generations;
- Generation Z (born 1997-Onward) raised with a digital connection to society; researchers notice social patterns differs from previous generations as more time spent alone, higher rates of depression and anxiety
Somewhere in this country are people from The Greatest Generation witnessing how America has evolved since the sacrifice of their peers.
We share a great legacy in America of surviving efforts to keep us from building better lives.
Fortunately, many millennials understand the wealth of wisdom vaulted in earlier generations. These will be the millennials who make significant, lasting change in national life.
Diversity is not an attitude adjustment workshop for them. It is the reality of life for the Millennial Generation.
That maturity of diversity is evident with the election of citizens to government positions from diverse cultural backgrounds... evident in work cultures honoring and rewarding productivity and achievements without bias... evident in families and friendships of blended ethnic groups.
The willingness of millennials to glean wisdom from the history of previous generations and merge its relevance with current activities in society is the driving force to keep America moving forward.
Surely, millennials face opposition. In every generation... in every culture... in every community, there is a level of friendly-fire racism against their own people who choose to be inclusive and welcome new neighbors.
One reason for friendly-fire racism is the fear of accelerating the process of gentrification that happens when a run-down neighborhood is upgraded with new houses and stores catering to middle-class families while also forcing low-income families to move if unable to pay the increase in rent.
Each generation present can have a say in American democracy.
In one way or another, politics influences the daily business of living for every American. Refresh your knowledge of history in America to strengthen your ability to make decisions based on information rather emotion.