104 Shot, 14 Killed Over Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

GenZ – Enough is Enough

Cristal M Clark 

Of all of our living generations the one that grew up truly seeing a world full of violence happens to be GenZ and they are starting to speak up, out loud and in our faces, they have had enough.

Over Father’s day weekend 104 people were shot in Chicago, 14 were killed, including a 3-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl killed.

Mass shootings or just gun violence in general is what Generation Z grew up knowing, but what’s more is that they grew up in the most diverse generation humans have ever known, which is something GenZ has embraced and accepted. 

Our differences are not something that GenZ has ever looked down their noses at, black, white, brown, sex, sexual orientation or partner preference does not matter to GenZ, they accept it and they are expressing that they are simply tired of those that are unwilling to accept all human beings as just that and, they are equally tired of the gun violence that they have grown up seeing unfold around them on a daily basis. GenZ, is the generation that grew up having to be part of mass shooter drills at school. 

What’s more is that as Trump took office, GenZ stepped into one of the most politically divided worlds of our time. 

Born between 1996 and 2010, GenZ has grown up in an era where gun violence is frequent, immigration is a very debated topic and the deteriorating climate is acknowledged as a crisis. They are now coming of age during a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, and as protesters take to the streets to call out racism and police brutality as well as selfish protests demanding states re-open for no other reason than to go to a salon, get a coffee etc. 

They are watching us attack each other over basic human decency like wearing masks so as to protect each other, they also keep watching black and brown American’s gunned down at the hands of cops who do not view black or brown American’s as equals to white American’s. They have also fallen witness to a criminal justice system that punishes black or brown american’s more severely than whites. 

They have also grown up in a world that if it does not change, they will be highly unlikely to become homeowners, get out of college debt, and will witness continued violence and injustice.  

1 in 10 voters this November will be GenZ. 

They are ready to start a revolution in an effort to make this world a better place for us all. Boomers are less likely to embrace change, especially if it threatens their beliefs, comfort and is different from the 40’s and 50’s ideology.

Boomers are not an overwhelming majority, nor are racists and bigots, the one thing GenZ has on their side are the generations that came after the boomers, our majority stands right along with GenZ and those numbers at the polls are looking a lot like the revolution GenZ wants is in fact going to come to fruition. 

Let’s be clear, they are not seeking a revolution that urges violent behavior, they want a revolution that works with leaders, governments and each other to promote healthy change in this country. GenZ is very, very uniquely positioned to affect change because of social media and the way that it unites them. 

John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics: “This generation has grown up in a world that is considerably different from GenX, even Millennials. They’ve had friends, families, relationships with people who have been different than you based on whatever the difference is: socioeconomic, gender identity, and therefore, they’ve noticed that those friends and family members, even acquaintances are really no different than you as a generation. That is part of the reason they’ve been filled with so much empathy.” 

This generation truly does understand the world around them better than most of the other generations, they have opened their eyes to it where others refuse and continue to believe in things that are no longer healthy for this world, or simply because they are too selfish to care about the other human beings that happen to inhabit this planet. 

GenZ across this country have expressed their dismay with a culture that tolerates violence and are committed to learning how to combat injustice at every level, from violence to the way companies pay and take care of employees, to the way that we protest, what we protest, and how we combat injustice. 

If you are not willing to stand with GenZ to promote change in this country, you might want to step out of the way, like it or not change is and will be coming. 

Cristal M Clark

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