American younger generation gets political!
Due to the ongoing protests in the USA, part of the American younger generation has become more political again. But many are looking at the upcoming election with uncertainty and the feeling that their problems are barely heard.
Usually David Hogg takes to the streets to protest against firearms. But the survivor of the Parkland school massacre in Florida two years ago, is currently fighting for something else:
The “March for Our Lives”!
Many of the American younger generation are annoyed: the so-called Generation Z. The 18 to 23 year olds feel left behind by the politics of the over 70 year olds. In a survey, they expressed many worries and uncertainties such as:
What do you do to guarantee health insurance?
How do you deal with refugees?
What can you do to reduce study costs?
Social inequality, a trillion mountain of student debt.
Most of the American younger generation won’t have paid off their own until they are 40 or 50. The corona crisis is increasing economic uncertainty. Many young Americans have had to move back to their parents.
According to surveys, less than 10 percent of students say the country is doing as it should. Their topics are neglected in Trump politics:
Waiver of student debts, free universities and health insurance.
According to the poll, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is well ahead among the 18-29 year olds. Sixty percent would vote for him, like this African American at Buffalo College, New York State:
“I definitely vote for the Democrats. I have nothing to do with the Republicans.”
Around 15 million US citizens have turned 18 since the last presidential election. The generation born after 1990 is different in at least one respect. For the first time, almost half of the potential first-time voters are not white – particularly interesting for the Democrats.
The “Black Lives Matter” protests against racism and police violence this summer, gave many of the American younger generation another political push. In surveys, more than 60 percent of 18 to 29 year olds say they want to vote.
Activists from various political movements are therefore directing their energies towards mobilizing young voters, with campaigns on the street or on social media. The young voices can bring about change, says Alexis Confer of the gun opponents of “March for Our Lives”.
“We reach the first-time voters with our topics: racist inequality, gun violence, climate change. There are so many young voters out there – we want them motivate.”
Many young voters are grateful for the help. A survey confirms that many potential first-time voters simply do not look through the voting system. There are few voting sites and long lines. And the discussion about postal voting unsettles others.
So now the American younger generation gets political!