Proud To Be Generation Snowflake

Proud To Be Generation Snowflake

Being Unique is Not Bad: Homogeneity Is

Following the election of Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Americans protested across the country. In New York City, in Chicago, in Philadelphia, and many more cities, Americans exercised their First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly. Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/Kellyanne-Conway-Its-up-to-Clinton-Obama-to-calm-anti-Trump-protesters.htmlcalled for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to denounce the protests and tell protestors to stop protesting. Conway and other prominent Republicans have also stated that these are paid protestors. President-elect Trump himself weighed in; an unprecedented step for the next President of the United States.

On Facebook, many comments sections are filled with disdain for and mockery of protestors. Commentators make statements to the effect of "this is the result of the snowflake generation, the generation where everyone gets a participation trophy," or "this is why America is weak." I take particular offense at the comment about the snowflake generation, and that is the impetus for this piece.

Proponents of the "generation snowflake" argument say that my generation - Millennials - have been coddled, that self-esteem took priority over success, and that we all have a mindset that we're special and important and because of this we cannot be successful. This is false. This is false for so many reasons, but I'll address just a few of them here.

First, we ARE all different. Homogeneity is not something we strive for, nor is it something we will accept. I am a white cis-gendered male, but I have friends in the LGBTQ+ community, I have friends who are minorities, I have friends who are immigrants. Their experiences are so vastly different from my own, and when I spend time with them and engage with them, I am a better person for it. Their individuality and unique life experiences are part of the tapestry I am exposed to, and it opens my eyes and my mind to other people and how they live and perceive the world. This in itself is valuable. How can we be successful in the workforce, in political office, or on a global platform if we cannot recognize and appreciate our differences? The idea that being a unique and special little snowflake is a bad thing in terms of business, competition, and success is flawed from the get go.

Second, the people generally espousing this flawed view are older, white people. Very rarely do you see a young person of color making the argument that being unique and having varied experiences is a bad thing. That should tell us something. And as one http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/11/14/in-defence-of-generation-snowflake--everyones-favourite-punching/article put it:

To imply young people are oversensitive for wanting to do something about racism and sexism is baffling. How dare we condemn homophobia? How dare we stand up for people who are facing discrimination? What does it say about you, all-knowing, hardened and resilient baby boomer, that you think these are bad things?

Third, the very impetus for the term came as part of a backlash at Yale University for an email sent in 2015 asking students to be racially cognizent when dressing for Halloween. In other words, don't wear blackface, don't wear sombreros and ponchos, and don't be racist.

This should not lead to derision and sneers from older white people. We as a society have a real chance to combat issues like homophobia, transphobia, and racism. This does not make us weak. This makes us strong. This ability to be unique and embrace one another's different perspectives and opinions and life experiences makes us so much stronger than a homogenous group of white men, say like the the U.S. House of Representatives (with some exceptions of course), or like President-Elect Trump's cabinet. Those who claim the snowflake generation is weak simply fail to realize the power of heterogeneity. They fail to realize that we are stronger together. They fail to realize that a world of hate is no longer tolerated by millennials.

Donald Trump may have won this election (at least in the Electoral College), but the protests will continue. No, protestors don't think they're going to succeed in stopping Trump's inauguration. But they can let him know loud and clear that they'll be watching. That racism and sexism and homophobia and xenophobia will not go unchallenged in this country.

Don't ever let someone tell you that you have less value than someone else because you're unique. They're cowards, and they're stuck in the 1950s. We are Americans, and we will not tolerate blatant homogeneity at the expense of progress. I am proud to be a snowflake. And I call on my fellow snowflakes to stand up. Stand up for what you believe in. Get involved. Go protest. But do NOT take this laying down.



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When Your Enough Just Isn't Enough

Do what you can, and God will do what you can't.

Have you ever felt like your enough just isn’t… enough? I feel like often times, even in smaller situations, we belittle the greatness that we can achieve because of our own personal thoughts or what others lead us to believe. It’s like, yeah, I wrote this paper, but did I really put my all into it? Or, yeah, I did my Bible study, but was my heart really into it?

It’s times like this when I must sit back and remember that God is God and He knows every depth and shallow I’ve been through! Lately I’ve found myself wondering if I’ve been doing enough to follow my calling properly, or even if I’ve done enough to please God. Sometimes doing what you want to do for God can be disheartening because rejection and a whole lotta “no”s come along with it. The outcome will always be pleasurable, but the journey to reach out to someone’s heart can be difficult. 

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” 

To me, this verse is saying, “Do what YOU can, and God will do what you can’t.” 

Is that not amazing to think about? We have the honor of having a God that will never leave our side. Receiving your calling and attempting to do the best to please God can be difficult – there’s no doubt about it. God never said it would be easy, but He did reassure us that He wasn’t going to leave us behind. Whether your passion for God is to sing, minister, be a missionary, or absolutely anything, do what you can and God will do the rest – with your drive, of course. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve backed out of opportunities or denied my calling to others, just because of how selfish I am about it. I felt like my enough wasn’t enough! But, if we’re doing what God wants, under Him and for Him, He will be pleased. That’s the beauty of it all!

So next time you feel like you’re not doing enough, take a step back and look at what’s in front of you. 

Are you doing what you can so that God can do what you can’t? 

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Black British Viewpoint On The H&M Ad

Why his mother is unbothered? And why South African Protestors are?

You've seen it everywhere. A photo of this beautiful Black Boy wearing a sweater (aka Jumper) stating "cutest monkey in the jungle". Now many people immediately expressed outrage about the entire situation but when I saw this, my original response was as follows:

And it seems that the boys mother agrees with me:

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to, but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT TO THE AFRO CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

A fellow Brit writes:


Like this commenter mentioned, I've heard white and black parents in the UK refer to their kids as a cheeky monkey. You see before moving to the USA, I use to say all the time "racism DOES NOT exist". Yeah don't get me wrong I'd experience two moments that I remember, that had a slight racial bias attached to it. But it was two separate incidents in the twenty-something years of my life. It was really nothing. Scrap that maybe three. After all my family is multiracial. Many family members includng my uncle, brother in law, cousins in law are white and my lineage is mixed. I could go to a pub meet a white person or a person of any other race, and have a deep meaningful conversation about a plethora of issues with no judgment and feel like there really is a deep connection and acceptance. Heck, I could have that conversation at a bus stop.

My family member writes:


It's not the same in the USA. It's a constant barrage of judgment, of questioning everything and every experience. From the moment you walk out of your door, you could be subjected to multiple incidences of racist bias that leave you raw and unable to know how to process or to cope. ou leave your house and if in an affluent neighborhood, your neighbors can make you feel like you don't belong.Y You walk into your nearby Krogers, where until you are labeled as ok, you could be followed all around the store on a daily basis. You see your neighbors who do not acknowledge and often do things that let you know, you are un-welcomed (you don't belong) in your very own neighborhood. You go to work, where you are isolated and made to feel that it was not designed for you. Where you micromanaged and made to feel less than in so many ways. You drive home from work where if you are a black man, one false move could be the end of your life.

You see, the African American experience is one that dehumanizes you. It has become so polarized that it's difficult to even know which way to look. I mean my daughter was subjected to bullying with a racial element, at the age of 4. FOUR years old. It's heart-wrenching and just unacceptable. I can go to an event be it a birthday party or a school led event where everyone knows me, but many if not all at times, choose to not speak to me. It's a brutal experience.


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HERE'S MY POINT

The experiences are so different that I honestly can relate why for the Swedish black Mum took no issue with the sweater/jumper or the ad. But I also being black in America where it is common to dehumanize black people, and where this subjection is daily and constant can understand why there is such outrage and why many people take offense. There is a school of thought out there that believe H&M did this on purpose. That this was an opportunity to gain free publicity. I truly hope not. Either way I shout You Cannot Define Me, I am Beautiful, Learned, Adorable, Capable a King (aka BLACK) for that little boy. I also understand why those in South Africa protested to the point that H&M has had to close its door.

The divisive nature of the country, nay, the world needs to get on a better track if we are truly to move forward. When will we learn?I really and truly just don't get it. Let me know your thoughts?

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