America is in agreement that amidst the many turns and twists of its social and political statuses since the installation of the Trump administration in January, no week has been as chaotic and perhaps difficult as this past one. There is an ever growing, fully justified sense of negativity surrounding current events. Everyday, it seems there is a firing or resignation of one of Trump’s key personnel, and after the terrorism in Charlottesville, the country finds itself divided. But what do these recent struggles mean for Generation Z?
The face of America's growing involvement in activism, Generation Z has once again taken to social media, this time to announce its dissatisfaction with Donald Trump’s response to the incident in Charlottesville. Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed a clear upswing in the number of posts detailing my friend's opinions on the response to the aforementioned terrorism. With hundred-word ventings and pictures of people holding signs at protests, Generation Z has been quick to announce its position - for the most part, we do not agree with what Donald Trump has been doing. And across the younger demographic, for better or worse, there is a growing intolerance for those who disagree.
This generation spearheads a greater commitment to coexistence. We hear our president’s hesitance to condemn baseless hatred of one another, and our faith in his abilities immediately begin to dwindle. In the United States, we are the last generation where white people will be a majority. While children of past generations could go most of their childhood without encountering those different than them, an integrated society is the only one we know. This, along with growing up under the first black president, has shaped us into what we are now. All of these factors have contributed to Generation Z’s collective demand and hunger for change, one that grows in strength by the day.
- Written by Max Walker, Edited by Josh Miller