First of all, I would like to say that, you are by far the most educated group of young people this world has ever seen….. wow… I thought there was going to be a lot to compliment you on, but, for the life of me, I can’t think of anything else.
I saw a video on Facebook that, quite frankly, made me feel sick to my stomach. The video was of Millennials “apologizing” to everyone over the age of 40, and then proceeded to lecture us on where we are wrong about your generation. This letter is to address some grievances I have with this video.
If you young people has actually paid attention in History class, instead of being buried in your social media, you would see that we (Generation Xers) were still in high school and college during the 80s and 90s. What happened in those decades was not OUR fault. If you HAD done a little research, MY generation, the generation that’s most disgusted with your constant bitching and moaning, was born in or around 1964 – 1984. The people who were running the country at this time were, yup, you guessed it, Baby Boomers. They were born in or around 1946 – 1963. That was OUR parents.
MY generation created so many things just to make sure that YOUR generation could have anything YOU wanted. WE (Generation X) CREATED Social Media. Yup. Mark Zuckerberg is one of us. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the creators of Google? Yup. Generation X. Rich Minor, one of the inventors of Android? Generation X. Remember this the next time you decide to go on one of your cry baby rants and make a video of it to post to YouTube (you’re welcome) or Facebook.
Now, the way you are is not your fault. It’s ours. I’ll admit that. But, in all honesty, we thought you would grow out of it. I mean, come on. You are adults now. Time to start acting like it. If someone says something offensive, it’s not the end of the world. LET IT GO. MOVE ON. TURN THE OTHER CHEEK. I am so sick and tired of reading that someone was so offended by this or that that they needed a safe space to cry. Really? Cry? Only babies cry when they don’t get their way. Are you a baby? Do you need your diaper changed? No? Then, in the words of Republican Rep. Bobby Kaufmann of Iowa: Suck it up, buttercup.
In closing, the reason this country is so divided right now has nothing to do with words, but has everything to do with actions. YOU are rioting in the streets. You are taking over our schools with “progressive” rhetoric. Screaming for tolerance, and then, showing intolerance towards anyone who doesn’t agree with your narrow view of the way the world “should be.” You call anyone who didn’t agree or vote for Barack Obama a racist or bigot. You call anyone who voted for Donald Trump a member of “a basket of deplorables.” The only name calling, and insulting I have seen has been from your generation. You haven’t created anything that your children would be proud of. The next generation, I’ll call them Generation Restore, has a lot of work ahead of them, because, when they are your age, you will be in control of this beautiful, great country of ours. I pray that you have grown up some before you take over, but, I really don’t see that happening.
All of that being said, we, your parents, aunts and uncles, will always love you, no matter how much you embarrass us.
P.S. Pull up your damn pants.