They Rise

They Rise

“When you have a voice, you also have a moral obligation to use that voice for good.”
Leandra Medine

I must admit my political outlook was buoyed recently when I learned approximately sixty-one percent of all newly registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 29 years of age. This news was particularly encouraging to me as one who believes in the adage, “a child shall lead them.” 

The battle these young voters appear willing to wage for the soul of America gives renewed hope for the seventh generation, the focus of most indigenous people who believe the actions we take today must also be for the benefit of those who come after. 

America’s rising generation appears willing and eager to right the imbalances my generation fought so valiantly to correct and others we perpetrated with misguided indifference. 

We fought for civil rights and made progress in the face of overwhelming opposition, now we are stalled in need of a new way forward. Today’s young voters appear committed to continuing the struggle.

My generation has failed on the issue of common- sense gun control, but with renewed energy, young people have taken on that quest with renewed vigor. They also look at the issue of immigration and asylum with compassion and seem determined to reverse the racist policies implemented by the current administration. 

Young voters of today are standing in coalition against an aberrant criminal justice system and marching together on the front lines of protests against police brutality.  They embrace members of the LGBTQ community without judgement and advocate for LGBTQ rights in alignment with those of every American. They believe in a woman’s right to choose and are willing to use their ballots to protect that choice. I also believe they will find a meaningful way forward regarding the rapidly changing environment.

Yes, America is at a crossroad, engaged in a battle against itself for the political soul of this nation. There are those who opine for the “way we were” as a nation while others “keep our eyes on the prize” as we continue to set our sights on the promise of a “more perfect union.” 

With all the obfuscation and political distractions, we muddle through daily, it is easy to lose sight of that vision. Yes, as a member of the Baby Boomer generation I must admit that sometimes, I get tired and discouraged recognizing the battles we waged so long ago continue, and my energy is waning.

Then, a young person comes along determined to carry on and the wider I open my eyes, the more I realize that hundreds of thousands of young people are standing-up in the places I once stood—against police brutality, against gun violence, for LGBTQ rights, for the environment, for a woman’s right to choose, etc. 

Although we currently appear to be a nation rooted in greed and divisiveness, it is  encouraging to know that a new generation is on the move. A generation rooted in compassion is stepping up and taking charge. Recognizing this, I realized the true meaning of “a child shall lead them.”  Just as I and others of my generation did in days past, young people will rise to the challenge as needed in each succeeding generation. 

Of course, this is just my opinion. I’m keeping it real. 

S.E. Williams
Managing Editor

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