I got this letter from Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts today appealing for support to respond to “the worst attempt to incite intergenerational conflict we’ve seen in years.” If you’re a baby boomer, child of a baby boomer or grand child of a baby boomer (so yah, everyone), take a look and speak out:
In the April issue of Esquire magazine, an article entitled “The War Against Youth,” by Stephen Marche emerges as the latest attempt to incite generational warfare. As a result of the attention this piece has received, Generations United has issued a statement in response to the article. You can read our response on the Together blog at www.gu.org.
We encourage intergenerational advocates to take action on this latest attempt by some to fuel intergenerational conflict. Here’s how you can help:
Share our statement through twitter, blogs and other communications means to reach your network and followers.
“Like” our statement on Facebook.
Post a comment on Marche’s blog:
• “The War Against Youth” article unjustly blames the baby boomer generation for our country’s problems and insinuates that generation’s callous indifference will forever stint the human potential of today’s youth. This narrow view devalues the contributions of both older and younger generations and is an unfair accusation.
• There is not a “Young America” and an “Old America”. Falsely separating older and younger people into age-graded silos makes each generation more vulnerable and hurts our economy.
• The best way to put our country on a more productive path is to forge stronger connections among generations, engage the strengths unique at every age and address the needs of each.
Here’s the link to Marche’s article from his blog:
The War on YouthThe recession didn’t gut the prospects of American young people. The baby boomers took care of that. Read it here.
Esquire doesn’t allow comments on the article, but boy is Marche hearing about it from readers on his blog.