With every new generation in America, it seems, there comes another generation gap: typically, idealistic young people push for social and political change, while more conservative elders push back.
We see this familiar struggle playing out with Generation Z on a wide range of issues, but in different ways than in the past, thanks to demographic shifts, the pervasiveness of social media, and other seismic changes of the new millennium: “This generation lined up with almost a breaking point in society with a lot of different things, whether it’s environmental justice and environmental protection, gun control, minority rights,” says Democracy & Me intern Jordan Polk. “We’re understanding and grasping as we’re growing older, that if we don’t do something now, it could be really terrible.” Sure, but… why can’t we all do a better job listening and learning across the generations, for everyone’s benefit?
How do we end these endless culture wars and start working on real peace and prosperity—for the young, the old, and the generations to come? Listen up.
- Jean Pateman, Talawanda H.S. (host)
- Joyeuse Muhorakeye, Aiken H.S.
- Enock Sadiki, Aiken H.S.
- Brennan Jones, Finneytown H.S.
- Jordan Polk, University of Cincinnati
- Nico Luginbill, Walnut Hills H.S.