Election: Millennials vs. Gen. X

Millennials fight for their voice to be heard

Shelby Hilburn and Kaitlyn Minet

As generations develop throughout the years, judgments toward younger and older generations often occur.

Generation X (ages 35-50) have been known to stereotype Millennials (18-34) and perceive them as too ignorant to vote due to lack of knowledge and experience.

Huffman think otherwise and believe basing an opinion off a few Millennials or a stereotype does not accurately represent all.

“Generalizations are generally not ever true,” Huffman said, “Obviously there are people who are informed and people who aren’t.”

Some Millennials feel that a Gen. X’s comments about their age group is no big deal since generations typically talk down on the younger ones.

“I feel like it’s said about every generation by the older generation so it doesn’t matter,” senior Dakota Reuscher said.

Some Gen. X agree with Millennials  and think it is a case-by-case situation.

“If a millennial uses their resources and pays attention, then they have just as much experience and knowledge as anyone else,” social studies teacher David Flynn said.

Digital art teacher Kerri Cassity believes anyone who is not appropriately involved with basic politics is part of the issue.

“If any person, no matter their age, is casting votes based on feelings and advertisement campaigns rather than knowledge,” Cassity said, “Then I would voice concern.”

Flynn agrees with Cassity and thinks often people have the bad habit of resorting to others’ opinions instead of developing their own.

“People chat about things and have very strong opinions about things,” Flynn said. “But when you question them about why, they often can’t exactly explain it because they don’t have all the facts, just opinions.”

Huffman feels it is vital to look up information instead of believing what the media reports.

“I think a lot of people just hear things on the news and they do not necessarily know what the candidates actually believe in,” Huffman said, “It is important to do your own research.”

Millennials like Reuscher find ways to use resources other than news and social media to be informed.

“I know them [the opinions of the candidates on each issue] for the most part,” Reuscher said, “I stayed after for current events club and we watched the last debate in the library and it kind of helped me out.”

Cassity thinks voting is a deserved right for anyone of age and believes experience does not determine if  a person is informed.

“It is an American privilege to vote and that has nothing to do with ‘experience,’” Cassity said. “My 17-year-old daughter is probably more knowledgeable right now about the political arena than I am simply because she is more interested in learning and researching all areas of our government and I tend to get involved when it is closer to each election day.”

Huffman believes people of all ages have varying levels of knowledge but should only vote if educated on the issues.

“There are people who are informed and people who are not,” Huffman said. “I think everyone should vote and it is important to make your voice heard and if you are going to vote then you should be informed.”