Millennials’ Opinions Matters The Most: A Response

Millennials’ Opinions Matters The Most: A Response

Just because we have different opinions doesn't mean we need agree to disagree.

When you think of millennials, you probably think of high school and college-aged kids who are addicted to giving unsolicited opinions on social media. Maybe the term "headache millennial" is what you are looking for. Well this generation has found its voice, as you may have noticed since we have been going off ever since the election. This article in response to a writer who thinks we need to cool it with our input on current events. I happen to think that millennials should not back down, and speak up when we don't like something.

(Disclaimer: I am in no way trying to prove the writer of the article I am responding to wrong, I just want to critique it and share a different side and my ideas on the topic, like the “headache millennial" I am.)

Dear fellow millennial author who coined the term “headache millennials,”

I have to disagree with your statement. I appreciate the fact you want to stop the sigma about how millennials are always being offended by anything they don't agree with. But you lost me when you brought up entitlement. Being able to comment saying I disagree with someone's post doesn't make me entitled. It’s called the right to free speech, and sharing opinions is the core principle of social media.

It’s true that in school, social media, and in the world in general, there will be people who come from different backgrounds than you. Growing up with technology did not cradle us as you are suggesting, it has opened our minds to acceptance and diversity if anything. I’m going to assume that you feel that having liberal ideals and protesting against Donald Trump is pointless. I don’t.

No, we cant change anything in the real world by tweeting and posting that we disagree with the Trump administration’s views on things like immigration or abortion. We aren't in the high ranks of government; right now. We are in school right now, learning the history of our country and how nations interact with each other, past and present. The way America came to be “great” in the first place was because people who were tired of being told what to do from bullies protested. That’s a short version of a U.S. history lessons about events like the American Revolution and the Civil Rights Movement. Standing up for what you believe in (even if its not the mainstream opinion) is what gets things changed, not “agreeing to disagree."

Anyway, I think we can all agree that the right to share opinions is a wonderful thing. I say no one, no matter their age, should feel like their thoughts are wrong or don’t count just because our president doesn't like people who think like us “liberal, headache millennials.”

We are the next generation of presidents, cabinet members, supreme court judges, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, engineers, and so on. The country and the world is going to be in our hands, and we will go forward in acceptance and tolerance for everyone. So when we raise our voices and give you headaches, we are being the real definition of American millennials.

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The Difference Between Equality And Equity

Equality doesn't really mean "equal"

Though most don't realize it, there is a stark contrast between what equality means, and what equity means. Treating everyone exactly the same isn't actually fair all the times. What equal treatment does, in reality, is erase the differences we come it and promote privilege.

Fairness and success really do mean different things when everyone is different. Equity and equality are two strategies we can use in an effort to produce fairness. While Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating people the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help. But that's never the case in real life situations. Equity appears unfair, but it actually is just "evening the playing field."

Since everyone is different and we embrace these differences as unique, we must also redefine our basic expectations for fairness and success as dependent upon those individual differences. In the real world, this means that some people will need a language translator when speaking to a government agency and others will not. And it wouldn’t be fair to just provide Spanish translators just because it is the language most people speak. A Spanish translator would give a French speaker the same access to opportunities.

That would be a privilege.

Privilege is when we make decisions that benefit enough people, but not all people. Privilege is allowed to continue when we wrap it up with actions of equality because it ends up justifying privilege

On the outside, everything appears fair, because how can we argue against equal treatment? We need to recognize our differences as unique, rather than reach for one definition of “success.” By utilizing just one definition of success, we erase our differences.

Often times, decisions are made to benefit the majority of people without paying attention to individual needs. Privilege is a tricky thing. I don't know about you, but I’m not aware of my privilege on a daily basis, no one is. I don’t feel a bit of my privilege when I sit in an hour-long lecture or have 3 meals a day even though a lot of people don't have those same privileges as me. Usually, I'm just unaware of my own privilege, because the system generally works in my favor.

Now the next question is can we change the whole system? Rarely. What we can do, however, is be advocates for equitable practices in order to promote fairness. We can't keep relying on practices of equality just because they seem to be fair, because, in reality, they're not. Our actions actually do have to be just and equitable.

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A School Shouldn't Be A Shooting Ground

I want to feel safe with my brother and sister entering school doors.

Imagine sitting in your classroom, going through your day to day routine of listening to the teachers go on and on about a subject. You can't stop looking at the clock, hoping for the school day to end.

You suddenly hear a fire alarm and even though it's the second one of the day, you just suppose it's nothing too out of the ordinary.

So you walk out of that classroom following other students and then you hear it.

You feel it.

You hear ear-deafening screams. You hear gunshots.

You feel people pushing towards you, trying to run away.

You see blood. You see a body, lying on the floor.

Your throat tightens up, you can't breathe. There is no way that there is a shooter here.

Someone who is killing all of these people you know and some that you have grown up with. You run as fast as you can away from the shots that resonate against the walls.

Pushing yourself against other students to find a classroom, where you find a place to hide.

Tears are streaming down your face. This can't be real.

You are confined in a closet along with a girl you knew from chemistry class. Both of you are breathing heavily, unable to comprehend what is going on.

All you hear is screaming, bullets hitting people, bullets hitting the ground.

This was supposed to be a place where we would be the safest. A place built on the foundations of learning and safety.

A school shouldn't be a shooting ground.

This was the reality for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They lost friends, teachers, fellow students, and their security.

No longer would they ever feel safe and secure at a school or even a public place. This horrific incident will follow them throughout their life. It will scar them in ways we wouldn't understand.

It's during this absolutely horrendous time that we need to make a change.

The victims of this massacre have already spoken out and are actively making changes. We can take our part by supporting them, whether it's through social media or joining "The March Of Our Lives" on March 24th or the "National School Walkout" on March 14th.

It's time for there to be changes made to our system whether it's making mandatory background checks or requiring mental health records.

We need some form of gun control.

Yes, I believe that people have the right to bear arms and protect themselves in situations. But I do not believe that a nineteen-year-old should be able to buy an AR-15 rifle along with nine other weapons.

School shootings are becoming so prevalent. This was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States.

We are only two months into the new year and there have been a total of 30 mass shootings since.

How far are we willing to allow this to go on for?

There is obviously a problem. We have the power to solve it or at least make things better than they are right now.

Go to your local legislator, write a letter to the mayor, or even the president. You may not think that it can make a change, but every single action counts.

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