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Frustrating Stereotypical Generational Blame

Updated on July 24, 2010
Let's "adapt" to each other and not disregard the beauty of our differences!
Let's "adapt" to each other and not disregard the beauty of our differences!

Who's On First?!

Far be it from me to blame an entire generation for social issues that exist today. If we want to get down to the nitty gritty, I am certain I could come up with some kind of fallacious argument blaming a whole generation of people for the oil spill, the government spending or stem cell research. But I digress.

Lately, I have encountered some pretty mean spirited members of the under 40 generation who believe the Baby Boomers are responsible for things they had nothing to do with. The Gulf oil spill for instance. And even worse, I have seen some comments on several news articles about discrimination in the workplace touting that all boomers should "lie down and die" so others can have their jobs. I realize there are many nut jobs in the world, but it truly makes me wonder where or if these people had any education at all? The malignant comments are mean spirited at best and downright abusive in the worst case. Do they not have parents from that generation? Or if they do, perhaps they should confront the issues they have with THEM over these kinds of feelings.

The 1960's were a turbulent time in America and I have lived to see the changes we now live with in our world. Access to civil rights and the ability to log on to a computer were fought for and invented by baby boomer children. Of course there are some who believe they are the answer to all the changes in society. There are egoists among us in every generation. The real issue is the vermin being spouted to an entire generation of Americans who walked before them and paved the way for their own life successes.

Discrimination and prejudice is a cancer that infects a society. We all know that after the twin towers fell the horrible treatment of middle eastern people in the US has been on the rise. During World War II Japanese Americans went to internment camps in California for "fear" they would destroy our country. We all know African Americans, Irishmen, Asians and now Hispanic peoples have been treated horrifically due to their ethnicity, and Jewish people have been ostracized for hundreds of thousands of years for their religious choices. Will this ever end?

Nothing I can say or write will change the minds of those who are not open minded and in tune with reality.  So many people "Sleep-walk" through life and blame other people for their problems. It usually takes a horrible event to wake people up from their slumber and make them realize they are no better than anyone else on the planet. Slamming people who were born between 1946 and 1964 will not change anything either. It is time everyone drops their entitlement issues and realize the real world is waiting for us ALL to become better people. One can only hope time will change things, but so far...those changes have been SLOW>>>


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Aley, This is a well written commentary on a very frustrating problem. There is so much anger and so much blame for anything and everything. It is such a waste of energy and time and so unnecessary. I hope for that change you referred to

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Namaste to you dear one.

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great hub Aley. I particularly loved the end... the world is waiting for all of us to change, to come to terms with the fact that we all live here together. We can individually make it a good or bad experience, however, we need to have a collective awareness.

      Namaste friend.

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      My college students recently presented various types of prejudice in a panel format. The horrific reality of this discrimination is so pervasive in every type of ethnic, religious, lifestyle that it is difficult to determine if anyone is not in a group that is discriminated!

      Thanks for your comments..!

    • susanlang profile image


      8 years ago

      being a baby boomer myself...I do relate to the problems you carefully describe here. Wake-up people, one day the younger crowd will be called baby boomers. Good story!

    • gqgirl profile image


      8 years ago from Georgia

      This is an amazing hub and so beautifully written. I live in a small small mountain town in the north georgia mountains and I see this kind of stuff happen everywhere! It's mainly discrimination of the minority. this town is predominatly white. so anyone outside with a different skin color is looked down upon and to be made feeling uncomfortable and unwanted.

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      All you have to do is own a car to be blamed for an oil spill!;)


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