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For people born in the early 60s to 80s, we are operating under the belief that we are the recipients of a "better world" than what our parents and those before them lived in. Economic booms, end of wars with tangible freedoms gained, major shifts in social justice and personal freedoms, immigration to better opportunities...and all the art, film and music that accompanied these changes.
We are also in the beautiful and unique position to have dual perspectives; we can ride the technological train young enough to learn, adopt and benefit from the progress and old enough to have used, or at least remember, what used to be - turntables, recording on cassettes, rotary phones and life without GoogleMaps and Wiki.I think people the writer's age live with the general notion they are the recipients of some serious bullshit. Housing and economy bottoming out, 1%/99% wealth disparity, environmental disaster, first generation to be born in the West and all the neither-here-nor-there pressure and limbo that comes with that, never-ending hypocritical and expensive wars that have destroyed lives and murdered more people than they have helped and leaders, police and media that mirror race relations of the black and white images of their grandparents' time.(I'm not going to touch the hyper-disposable culture of the arts. It's a separate discussion and I don't think 35+ folks are as immune to it as much as they think they are)There are people our age who never appreciated the urgency of the Clash or Gaye's despair or De La Soul's vision when they were first released. It's a tall order to expect a 24 year old in 2016 to give a damn and hold precious a record older than him, no matter how "important" it was. Looking around, not sure I would.
What is happening is well-documented all over the internet.
Why ask an academic on SoulStrut when you can read and hear first-person accounts of those on campus and on the receiving end of *microaggressions* like being threatened with death and cornered by trucks with the license plates removed? Something tells me it's not because you really actually care about what the hell is happening.