This article by Christine Michel Carter reflects how racism is a major issue for black millennials and the silent generation. Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said just two years ago our city is STILL dealing with the 1950s- and 1960s-era racism. More importantly, cases of riots, racism, police brutality, and segregation run rampant across the country. But as we learned in the case of Freddie Gray these become more potent in a city as small as Baltimore
Christine’s grandmother, a member of the Silent generation, had to endure the same problems. 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. She remained 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. But it is no wonder that black people do not feel secure or safe.
The 1950s-1960s era racism
Racism has only been worsened 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 leagues 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, procuring 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 strong 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.