As a millennial, I find it extremely depressing to say that I actually dislike my generation. Or, most of it anyway. Why? I dislike the tech-driven, entitled, and sensitive stereotypes (which are largely true and justifiable). I dislike the offended and hyper-sensitive mentalities that define my generation. These stereotypes surface due to those who grew up being told that they deserve a trophy for everything, the ones who were coddled when their feelings were hurt, and the ones whose parents were afraid to utter the words “tough” or “deal with it.” Millennials seem to get some excitement or joy out of getting offended. They seem so awfully eager to get offended, anyway.
I continually hear stories in the media that exemplify and showcase millennial entitlement, which can be attributed to one word: offended. Before any readers get offended, I acknowledge that not all millennials are like this. Just the people who created the stereotype. The most recent and prevalent case of millennials taking offense is the one that dealt with Professor Allen Weinstein at Evergreen State College.
Weinstein simply spoke out against an event that was based upon kicking white people off of campus. And somehow the students protested, bullied, and screamed at him to resign. They blocked the police from getting to him, while all the officers wanted to do was check if he was O.K. They blame him as racist. Him? But doesn’t this sound familiar? Don’t these students understand the irony of the situation? It seems so obvious: kicking white students off of campus is virtually the exact same thing that was happening before the 1960s for all black people.
Everything seems to be racist now. Even speaking out against ISIS seems racist. The other week, I was featured on my sister’s Snapchat story holding a bottle of José Cuervo (as a joke) while wearing a piñata for Cinco de Mayo. An acquaintance of hers immediately screenshotted the story. He then posted a status on Facebook saying something to the effect of, “Tonight I will screenshot all of the Snapchats that culturally appropriate Cinco de Mayo and post them in a FB album tomorrow. This should be funny.”
To get offended by a piñata is ridiculous. And then to claim that it is cultural appropriation? Can someone please explain to me what is offensive about this? No one was making fun of the Mexican culture. In fact, we were celebrating it. This is beside the fact, but the fact that he humiliates and shames those who ‘culturally appropriate’ is bullying. Just like forcing a teacher into resignation for defending the basic rights of students.
It just seems to me that Americans have to walk on eggshells in order to speak without getting reprimanded for doing so. We are so afraid and so eager to meet the politically correct standard that we are putting lives at risk i.e. the Manchester incident at the Ariana Grande concert.
I hope, and actually do think, that it will bounce back. People have gotten so ‘soft’ that there will be those who define the next generation, those who will be more tough and less easily offended in response to the radical sensitivity of millennials. That’s what Americans can hope for anyway, otherwise we will destruct our country and its values (and maybe even lives) for the sake of being politically correct. We cannot act because we are afraid to offend.