In this article by Christine Michel Carter, the author reflects on how racism is a major issue for black millennials, as it was for the Silent generation. Baltimore is a prime example of what the Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says is 1950’s-1960’s era racism. the murder of Freddie Gray, police riots and people boasting homes in the hundreds of thousands right across from public housing illustrates that point. Christine’s grandmother, a member of the Silent generation, had to endure the same problems of racial and economic disparity that black millennials are facing today. Christine observes that despite the problems her grandmother faced as a black woman living in America, she never became bitter or angry towards white people, remaining resilient and civically engaged without giving into cynicism. Black millennials who have faced the most racism display signs of PTSD and considering the constant reminders of how racial violence can occur to any black person in America at any time, it is no wonder that black people do not feel secure or safe.
1950’s-1960’s era racism has only been exacerbated by the presence of Donald J. Trump in the Whitehouse. The Silent Generation faced the likes of Nixon, a president who embraced the Southern Strategy; appealing to whites and confederates via policy and outright racist rhetoric in a show of racial unity in order to bolster his popularity. Trump has exercised much the same tactic, pandering to white supremacists and neo-nazis in the hopes of gaining popularity and retaining power. Because of this, black millennials must find a way to face the same challenges as their parents and grandparents, while raising children who are resilient enough to do the same and who will not fall into cynicism despite the blow civil rights has been dealt by the likes of Trump.
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