Letter to the editor: ‘OK, Boomer’
To the editor:
This phrase has gone viral on the internet. I would like to help heal the generational divide between baby boomers and millennials. As a baby boomer, I feel it is unfair and unfortunate that millennials blame their hardships on boomers and constantly generalize. Words matter. Why be so hateful? It is important to identify the real problems and the real fears that millennials feel in these uncertain, abnormal times. The planet, money, jobs, housing, etc.
I moved to Lawrence recently to retire. I’ve been disrespected, devalued and treated rudely here. I have fond memories of being part of the counterculture in Kansas City and visiting Lawrence from time to time, where I always felt included and part of the fabric of the progressive scene. Whatever happened to treating people with dignity and respect? I’ve been a socialist since I was a young man. I have worked especially with marginalized and ignored communities. I don’t deserve to be treated inappropriately by a few millennials running amok.
I live in Lawrence and I’m on a metaphysical and political journey. The millennials I’ve met who make assumptions about me don’t know or appreciate the contributions that old activists like me have made.
I strongly believe that the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. apply here and now: that people be judged on the content of their character, not by the color of their skin, and, in this case, for being old. The cruel act of ageism.