Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Black Millennials ~ Did You Know?????
STRICTLY FYI . . . . An Item of Interest
('cuz "I" didn't know none of this stuff)
Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1999, are arguably the most misunderstood and the most multidimensional generation. Often derided as lazy, technology crazed and just downright not as successful as our elders, members of Generation Y hardly ever hear good news about ourselves. And of course, black millennials, who have made leaps in education and politics, and have set trends from social media to music, often get the worst of the criticism. But guess what? Young black people in the most talked-about generation don't need your approval. We're doing just fine.
1. Our revolution will be televised—and more:
Title IX advocate Wagatwe Wanjuki; Phil Agnew, executive director, Dream Defenders
COURTESY OF WAGATWE WANJUKI; COURTESY OF PHIL AGNEW
2. We’re making educational leaps:
The graduation rates for this entire generation are higher than those of the ones that preceded it. Roughly 58 percent of millennials overall will receive a bachelor’s degree, and black millennials are underdiscussed standouts in this group: Those attending certain top, predominantly white colleges have higher graduation rates than their white peers.
3. We run social media:
4. Organized religion isn’t our thing:
5. There’s strength in our numbers:
We make up 14 percent of millennials overall, compared with black baby boomers, who made up 11 percent of their generation.
6. We’re here, and we are very queer:
7. We don’t have time for mainstream media:
Black Youth Project logo
COURTESY OF BLACK YOUTH PROJECT
8. Our personal is political:
COURTESY OF AMARA ENYIA FOR CHICAGO
9. We’re keeping the music industry relevant:
Chance the Rapper performs during June 2014 Firefly Fest in Delaware.
MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GETTY IMAGES
10. America is trying to steal our shine:
Image of Time magazine tweet July 23, 2014, promoting its story on the origin of the slang term “bae.”TWITTER
Though most of the trends we set get “Columbused,” black millennials have been at the forefront of more than their share of cultural moments. For example, it seems as if we’re the source of nearly every slang term that has made its way into the mainstream lexicon. Think “ratchet,” “sips tea” and “basic.” But that’s none of our business, though.
Editor’s note: This article is part of The Root’s Young, Black, and Viral Weekend. Read more about ithere.
Diamond Sharp is an editorial fellow at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.