This is a bit of a disturbing survey. It looks as if many White millennials are maintaining conservative and bigoted attitudes when it comes to race while at the same time taking on more progressive attitudes on other issues like same-sex marriage. This GenForward Survey gives us a glimpse into what millennials are thinking when it comes to race. And while it is somewhat disappointing, it is not surprising. It is very difficult to give up privilege. Time by itself does not change attitudes. Action and people do! We have a lot of work to do, very much like those who came before us. Fortunately, the coalition of peacemakers and justice seekers taking action today is more diverse than ever before. We have what we need to make the change we seek. It is up to us!
Article is taken from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/10/31/a-new-survey-shows-white-millennials-think-a-lot-more-like-whites-than-millennials/?utm_term=.72d7f8bf4315
Ah, millennials. That hyper-aware generation that is reportedly so much more advanced and unbothered by nettlesome issues that have vexed their elders. Same-sex marriage? What’s the big deal? But when it comes to race, the seeming enlightenment flickers out. As a new GenForward Survey of 18-to-34-year-olds reveals, white millennials are “quickly becoming the outlier group in this generation.”
More than 1,750 millennials responded to the poll conducted between Aug. 31 and Sept. 16. That means it was started two weeks after white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other assorted bigots unleashed terror on Charlottesville. And during that time, President Trump inflamed racial tensions and squandered the moral authority of his office by repeatedly declaring a moral equivalence between bigots and those protesting them. What he did was such a shocking affront to our national ideals.
Surely, the forward-thinking millennial generation will deliver us from the sins of their elders. But the survey results — with the apt title “The ‘woke’ generation?: Millennial attitudes on race in the US” — dashed my hopes of that.