Democracy needs action, not idle internet trolls

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Opinion

January 3, 2020 - 10:21 AM

My generation is often portrayed as being narcissistic and one composed of “snowflakes.” Many say young people these days are apathetic, obsessed with technology and too caught up in our own lives to deal with differing opinions. I encounter this assumption nearly everywhere I go, hearing the echoing sound of the phrase, “Kids these days!” followed by a sad shake of the head.

Yet lately, I’ve found it ironic that when young people do indeed decide to speak out or try to change social norms, we are faced with immediate, harsh backlash by the very people claiming we aren’t doing enough.

The Parkland High School survivors (and “March for Our Lives” gun reform founders) and Greta Thunberg (the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden) have been at the center of systemic bullying, threats and harassment from both average citizens and world leaders. And although I don’t consider myself to be on the same scale as the Parkland students or Greta, I see a recurring theme that holds true in my own life as well: young people who speak their truths face insults, and even threats. Allen County is no exception.

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