SAN DIEGO. November 15, 2016 – Protests and demonstrations have proliferated across America since the surprising election of President Elect Donald Trump.
Distraught Millennials hit the streets in protest against a democratic process which did not result to their liking.
Not all demonstrations have been peaceful, and some even violent.
It is unclear when the protests will end, but there is no doubt that Millennials will continue sending their messaging to America in a variety of ways for many years to come.
Now the largest generation of Americans, The Millennial Generation represents those who were born from 1981 and thereafter.
In 2015, their ages ranged from 18 to 34 years old.
According to Pew Research Center, in 2015 they represented approximately 75.4 million Americans, versus the 74.9 million Baby Boomers who were age 51 to 69.
Immigration is adding more numbers to the Millennials, Pew Research Center speculates, and is projected to peak in numbers in 2036 to 81.1 million.
The Millennial Generation is more culturally diverse than The Baby Boom Generation (who were born at the end of World War II).
According to the National Chamber Foundation, approximately 60% of 18-29 year olds are classified as non-Hispanic white; 19% are Hispanic; 14% are Black; 4% are Asian; and 3% are of mixed race or other.
Millennials who are from at least one immigrant parent are represented by 11% of those in that population.
As a group with strong social values, Millennials are intolerant of any form of discrimination, whether based on sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability.
Additionally, they value their individual health more than that of many Baby Boomers, and tend to engage in a healthy lifestyle which includes routine exercise and concern for diet as a focus.
They insist on work life balance when seeking employment, while a large proportion of Millennials embrace entrepreneurialism.
Millennials are less apt to purchase homes, cars or marry at an early age.
It is estimated that 13% of Millennials have returned back to living in their family homes, while 36% are reportedly depending upon financial support from their families, according to the National Chamber Foundation.
Millennials have been highly impacted by the values and viewpoints of their parents.
Most likely Millennials have not experienced the hardships faced by war nor the sacrifices needed to be made as the price of freedom enjoyed by all Americans today.
The reasons for Millennial protests against President Elect Donald Trump appear to stem from their perception that he represents everything that they either disagree with or hate.
The following are some quotations from recent multi racial protesters, published in Latina:
“We are here because we are outraged. A racist man has been spewing so many hateful words his entire campaign….I never imagined a bigoted businessman would become ruler of the free nation. We are one of the most powerful in the world.”
“I am here today because both of my parents are veterans….We are a family of immigrants, two generations deep. I don’t understand this magnitude of hatred in our society when I know we can work together.”
“I am here because Trump is a fascist rapist. I would rather him not run the country. And I’m here because even if we somehow get Trump impeached, all of the white supremacy that came out from under America’s nasty underbelly is now known.”
“It is a shame someone like Donald trump has been elected. He is the perfect representation of a capital system in crisis….I’m from a group called The Marxist, and we are organized all over the world with working class people and oppressed masses to try and bring them to power.”
It is believed that only approximately 50% of the Millennials voted this election.
With a clear sense of social values which lack discrimination and what could be described as a lack of investment in traditional values, it could be said that America will undergo massive changes in the decades ahead as Baby Boomers decline through death.
As Millennials age, create families and are faced with potential international conflicts, economic challenges and the need to take action to help their young families survive, it will be interesting to watch any
changes in perspective increasing responsibilities over time could make.
Until that time, President Elect Donald Trump has the support of the majority of the nation to move forward in ensuring our long-range national security, pathways to citizenship, creating jobs, stimulating the
economy, reducing regulations which are detrimental to business, developing independent sources for natural resources, and creating a renewed vitality and perspective about what it means to be an
American–which will survive in the near future and for generations to come.
Despite our individual differences, we are, after all, Americans.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!