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RACE: ‘Millenials’ most welcoming to diversity

Letter by Allyson Swanstrom, Longview on April 25, 2012 at 11:51 am with 60 Comments »
April 25, 2012 11:51 am

The racial inequality that still affects our country today is a large reason for the lack of opportunities that many minority groups face when trying to loosen the grips of poverty. A large factor in the many reasons behind this social injustice is the common misconceptions surrounding work ethic and stereotypes.

Although statistics show that more than half of Americans agree that there is racial inequality there is progress, I am proud to be a young adult in “the Millenials” generation. More so than any other generation before us we are the most welcoming to diversity and the least skeptical towards government. Even with unemployment rates being at record lows and seeing the effects of the recession we still are hopeful and want to see change.

Research has shown that young Americas are open to government action aimed at problem solving and addressing race-based barriers to opportunity. Race as well as many other issues shouldn’t be a factor in poverty anymore. I hope that my generation along with others in the future can help change the ongoing discrimination in America.

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  1. Oh, I hope you can too!!!!! Those of us who were involved in the civil rights movement in the 60’s and 70’s, were so very hopeful when this country elected President Obama. Then, the birthers showed up and all the ugly language about our first non-white President……….Sometimes the words and attitude are so very vicious that I want to just cry…………This country deserves the best and the brightest, regardless of skin color, religion or ethnic origin…………You go, girl!!!!!!

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Whatever….Allyson will believe this until she sees what SHE works for handed off to someone who does not deserve it. It’s Equal Opportunity, Dummy, not Equal Outcome.

  3. tellnolies says:

    Great letter Allyson, my son is a millenial, and I’ve seen firsthand what you are talking about. It’s refreshing, and gives some of us older folks hope.

    Keep thinking for yourselves, the “solutions” your generation comes up with will be as unique as your generation.

  4. tellnolies says:

    You’re such putz Blaine, you’re exactly what they should ignore.

  5. LornaDoone says:

    Blaine, maybe this age demographic can learn to not hand out their hard earned money to the oil companies and corporate farms. You have to think positive.

  6. menopaws says:

    Hey Blaine—Nice to see you prove the young lady’s point………….Her attitude is refreshing and hopeful—yours is mean-spirited and bitter…..Step aside and let the next generation carve out a brighter future………….It’s not about us and that is the way it should be………You should respect the vision and energy of the our younger citizens.

  7. geeterpontiac says:

    “and the least skeptical towards government.”

    Good mentality for a future slave in a totalitarian state.

    I can applaud, in part, your appreciation of diversity. But, if you trust the government you are sucker waiting to be taken to the cleaners.

  8. geeterpontiac says:

    “You should respect the vision and energy of the our younger citizens”

    And the older generation also has a responsibility to point out potential negatives inherent in a vision uncritiqued by an acknowledgement of mankinds nature.

    Visions and dreams are wonderful things, and certainly to be pursued.

    But, a vision blindly followed is a disastger in the making.

  9. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
    Ronald Reagan

  10. itwasntmethistime says:

    Don’t blame Allyson for being naive. There’s never been a generation in the history of America that didn’t think they were the first to really care about making the world a better place for everyone.

    It’s part of the natural process of maturing to start out thinking that the world is unfair because older people are idiots. While I agree that we should respect the vision and energy of our younger citizens, they would do well to respect the wisdom and experience of their elders. As young adults, most of us felt the same way Allyson does about reducing poverty by making things more fair. It simply takes time out in the real world to figure out that humans are complex beings and there is no simple solution that works for everyone.

  11. menopaws says:

    Wow!!! As my Ozark Daddy used to say” You people can take the fun out of any party!!!!” Grumpy old poops—guess you’ve forgotten the joy and hope of youth………I have more faith in them than those whose envy requires the crushing of both dreams and spirit……….If I had heard wisdom, I might agree—but what I heard was pure jealousy for the road not taken, the paths never explored………Getting older doesn’t always make you wiser and sadly, here , we have multiple examples of that……If you can’t support her dreams, then I suspect you didn’t have the imagination for your own……

  12. LornaDoone says:

    Well….we were told that when Obama took office, we’d loose all our guns….yadda, yadda, yadda…..guess what?

    None of it happened.

    The doomsayers on this thread have to keep on doomsaying.

    Since we are quoting Saint Ronnie:

    “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.” Reagan ’81

    “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?”
    Reagan ’66, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park

    “I have flown twice over Mt St Helens out on our west coast. I’m not a scientist and I don’t know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about.” – Reagan ’80. (Actually, Mount St. Helens, at its peak activity, emitted about 2,000 tons of sulphur dioxide per day, compared with 81,000 tons per day by cars.)

  13. Pacman33 says:

    “there is no simple solution that works for everyone.”

    In fact there is a simple two part solution, absent of any real or perceived “race-based barriers”, that’s tried true and tested.

    Step #1) A Father
    Have the decency to allow a child to fulfill their potential by improving their odds with both parents cooperating as part of a nurturing household. Both doing their part to provide the guidance, wisdom and motivation to reach adulthood without the burden of substance addiction or pregnancy, both sustaining “unequal” results.

    Step #2) A Job
    There is no job that is too good for anyone, inasmuch, there is nobody that is too good for any job. You need to start somewhere and logic dictates a CEO or a District Manager wouldn’t and shouldn’t be this starting point. The only ongoing and widespread ‘discrimination’ occurring today, aside from that of job seekers themselves, is employers discriminating against large gaps in employment histories. Further, many are feeling entitled to a certain position, having a document acknowledging their achievement of listening to a professor. The fact is degree or not, someone can’t hurt their chances landing their ideal job by working another until that opportunity is realized. As recent studies show, depending on the field, college is sometimes an expensive decision, with it’s only benefit being the lesson to question advice of obvious advocates.

    “The assessment found that 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of those who possess a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.
    The survey also revealed that many young college graduates are employed in jobs that require a high school diploma education or less.”

  14. RLangdon says:

    Good for you Allyson! Keep up the good attitude for as long as you can!!!

  15. aislander says:

    re: being skeptical of government: that’s our job as citizens rather than subjects, Allyson.

  16. aislander says:

    …and that reminds me of another recent topic, Allyson.

    If we are not to be skeptical of government, that means we must take it on faith that our officials are doing the right thing.

    Isn’t faith the hallmark of religion?

    Thanks for helping me make that point. Government–especially activist liberal government–is THE religion to the left…

  17. aislander says:

    Conventional religion is acceptable only insofar as it promotes the aims of the god-state.

    You may wish to research the roles of some churches in totalitarian regimes of the 20th century. You’ll gain some much-needed skepticism…

    Skepticism is not the same as cynicism. Any skepticism I have regarding government has been earned by government. That I am posting on this forum and elsewhere testifies to the fact that I am not yet cynical about our country.

    Cynicism could express itself as a loss of hope, but also in using government to feather one’s own nest. That’s what smart people on the left do. The naive ones abet them in that pursuit…

  18. Frankenchrist says:

    Where were all the repuke skeptics when the Bush junta claimed we had to invade Iraq before Saddam dropped a nuke on Manhattan? Where was the skepticism then?

    The repukes lapped-up that government propaganda like good little lapdogs. Then they sat-up and begged for more.

  19. aislander says:

    Fc: If your intention was to make me look good by comparison…well, you succeeded.

  20. Frankenchrist says:


    Sorry, no comparison. Miss Allyson of Longview is light-years ahead of you and pulling farther ahead every second. Your kind is sputtering towards extinction.

  21. “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”

    ~ Thomas Sowell

  22. Frankenchrist says:

    “I can see Russia from my outhouse.”

    ~ Sarah Palin

  23. SafewayOrangeSoda says:

    Nice to see that folks like “Franken” can always be counted on to lower the collective IQ of a topic.

  24. tellnolies says:

    “Thanks for helping me make that point. Government–especially activist liberal government–is THE religion to the left…”

    That’s based on the assumption that everyone NEEDS religion, as it appears you do. Neither “the left”, or “the right” is a monolothic block, there are real variations.

    Too many look only for the “truth” that supports what they already believe.

  25. Fc: If your intention was to make me look good by comparison…well, you succeeded.

    You also look good by comparison to 3rdpig and madmike but….really….is that what you really are striving for?

  26. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Did any of you actually read the letter? Unemployment at historic lows?

    Written by an educated adult without blinding progressive views, there might be some substance in this letter. 35 and under have become mainly blind to race. You see inter-racial couples everyday, and no one cares.

    Respecting freedom and culture has nothing to do with big state solutions. Kids have been suckered into big state solutions by teachers and parents looking for entitlements. That needs to be corrected for us, of all races and creeds, to be successful

  27. ” Government–especially activist liberal government–is THE religion to the left…”

    Again todays hypocrisy moment is brought to you by ailander and her blind allegiance to the extreme right.

  28. “You also look good by comparison to 3rdpig and madmike but….really….is that what you really are striving for?”

    You nailed it!

  29. alindasue says:


    Read the rest of the sentence, in context:
    “EVEN WITH unemployment rates being at record lows AND SEEING THE EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION we still are hopeful and want to see change.”

    It’s clear that she meant employment rates are at record lows (not quite true either), but made a common mistake that a lot of people make in her writing. It is also clear that, despite the lows in employment and the recession, they still see hope.

    You wrote, “Written by an educated adult without blinding progressive views, there might be some substance in this letter.”

    The letter would have just as much substance, or not, no matter the age of the writer. Your reference to “an educated adult without blinding progressive views” says more about you and your opinions than it does about this letter.

    Generally, “educated adults” actually tend to lean towards the “progressive” side in politics – but I’m not here to argue for one side or the other. We could do that all day and still not agree. Strict adherence to “conservative” principles can be just as blinding as strict adherence to “progressive” (“left”, “liberal”, whatever) principles. Neither side has all the answers, and the very act of taking sides – right/left, progressive/conservative – may, in fact, be impeding the ability to find the solutions we need.

    The letter writer is young, but her opinions should not be dismissed simply because she is a “kid”. Her generation may not have all the answers either, but their input might bring us that much closer to together finding solutions to our social and economic woes. We have to do it as a society, even if it might involve “the government” to some degree, because none of us can do it alone.

  30. menopaws says:

    Allyson—as you can see, this blog is seldom about the letters written. It is usually some kind of weird dysfunctional therapy session for an older group of people………I apologize when the comments seem irrational and off subject—they usually are……You wrote a wonderful, hopeful letter……..Keep at it—you have a fresh, open vision that this country badly needs……..Don’t let those who never had one undercut your dreams. Thank you for giving this ole lady hope and pride in the next generation!!!!!

  31. LornaDoone says:

    “EVEN WITH unemployment rates being at record lows AND SEEING THE EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION we still are hopeful and want to see change.”

    Clearly this was a sort of malaprop and the sort of thing that the CT7’s of the world grasp at. A slight rewording would bring out the intent:

    “Even IF unemployment rates WERE at record lows OR seeing the effects of recession, we still are hopeful and want to see change.”

    Are any of the scholars that participate on this blog not guilty of awkward wording from time to time?

    Heck, we have some that can’t spell “Lorna” with regularity. They are the same whose posts indicate they are “adults” with blinding conservative views.

  32. LornaDoone says:

    Since the topic is “diversity” and the old “big government” garbage raised its head one more time. I want to share something about the people who have crafted the Arizona law about immigration. The bold face is mine, for emphasis:

    What drives Kobach and Hethmon
    By Steve Benen – Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:49 PM EDT.The Washington Post

    … an interesting profile piece this week on two of the men who’ve helped push the Republican Party so far to the right on immigration policy. Of particular interest, though, was a tidbit about one of their motivations.

    One, Kris Kobach, was a telegenic law professor who was worried about foreign terrorists. The other, Michael Hethmon, was a bookish lawyer afraid that immigrants would overburden the environment.

    Immigration is “on track to change the demographic makeup of the entire country. You know, what they call ‘minority-majority,‘ ” said Hethmon, who is general counsel at the Washington-based Immigration Reform Law Institute. “How many countries have gone through a transition like that — peacefully, carefully? It’s theoretically possible, but we don’t have any examples.”

    As you can see, the government of Arizona (Legislative majority) have hired these immigration hitmen to control, via laws and legislation, the minority/majority demographic makeup.

    Now if THAT isn’t “big government” at work, trying to eliminate the chance of the loss of caucasian majority, I don’t know what is.

    Thankfully our future is in the hands of people like the young woman who penned this letter.

  33. aislander says:

    “we are…the least skeptical towards government.” Allyson Swanstrom

    Nobody on our side opened that door…

  34. anotherID2remember says:

    Racial inequality is not a large reason for lack of opportunities. Starting this letter by stating this fact is wrong.

    Young people are open to government action is like saying, “my kids don’t mind that I pay 32% or my income in taxes”. Another silly comment.

    Must confess that I did not even bother reading the other responses.

    Wish I had the time back that I spent reading the letter in the first place.

  35. LornaDoone says:

    Who pays 32% of their income in taxes?

    I’d love to see a source that says “racial inequality is not a large reason for lack of opportunities”, aside from a comment on a blog.

    It’s always easy to follow it up with “starting this letter by state this fact is wrong”, but if it’s a FACT, how can it be wrong?

    Oh well. I’m being picky now

  36. LornaDoone says:

    Allyson should be more skeptical of government. When you see legislation that is just plain racial bigotry, it’s time to raise the BS meter.

  37. What a relief! The Millenials are here! Great! Kumbaya! Finally, the world is rid of racism! At long last we can put prejudice behind us. Next I’d like the millenials to work on pride, anger, jock itch and the common cold.

  38. LornaDoone says:

    Scott – did you even read the letter?

  39. LornaDoone says:

    Did any of your other monikers read the letter?

  40. ““on track to change the demographic makeup of the entire country. You know, what they call ‘minority-majority,‘”

    And the right wing claimed the AZ ‘show me your papers’ law wasn’t racist.

  41. BlaineCGarver says:

    Wow….look at all the people that think the Minorities are so lagging in ability and motivation that they need to have outcome based programs. Everyone has the same chance. It helps to: Stay in school, stay out of the justice system, don’t use drugs, don’t sell drugs. In case you haven’t noticed, there are multitudes of people out of work, and of all races. If you worked as hard as you whined, you would succeed with no problems. (I won’t even get into the FACT that some minorities are the top students of every class they attend)

  42. Allyson, when you open your first business, be sure to run out to the local urban slum and hire those folks who are standing around in groups with their pants hanging down around their knees. Or go to the local mall and see if you can find anyone interested in working for a living. Good luck.

  43. menopaws says:

    Bunch of bitter losers…….Really hope none of you bred………Some gene pools do need to disappear……..

  44. RLangdon says:

    menopaws, Cheer-up! Post a comment on the sandbox topic. Have fun with it!

  45. Pacman33 says:

    Allyson Swanstrom echoes:
    ” … young Americas are open to government action aimed at problem solving and addressing race-based barriers to opportunity.”

    Ms. Swanstrom, you need tell who ever introduced you to this dated and unproductive wrong-minded way of thinking, that these ‘barriers’ are merely perceived. In fact, any existence of obstruction to opportunity genuinely identified, will almost certainly have originated FROM government action.

    “Race as well as many other issues shouldn’t be a factor in poverty anymore.”
    You propose to make race a factor in relation to employment, going as far as enlisting the Government to make the factor of race official. You don’t want race to be a factor regarding income. You can not pick and choose these things. Can you turn your race on and off or do we get a booklet or an email with your special personalized racial demands? Race should not be a factor for anything if diversity is truly a concern of yours.

    Affirmative Action is far from diversity. What could be diverse about grouping different individuals together and assigning these segregated groups a particular status? Where is the “justice” in slapping a label of status on an individual that suggests that diversity ends and their status begins at the color of their skin, and they’re one in the same the rest of their assigned group?

    True diversity would be a nation color blind enough to realize, that if such a re-segregation occurred, that the likelihood of many individuals having only the common attribute of skin color within their assigned group would be great.


  46. The last time I checked all of our schools are open to all races, what they decide to do with that opportunity is up to the individual. When an African-American kid goes to school and tries to learn, he is called an “oreo” or “trying to act white” by others of that race. If school is about strutting around in large packs trying to look cool and disrupting serious students and generally causing mayhem, that’s what the schools will produce. I haven’t heard of any businesses in this area refusing to serve minorities, I see many businesses giving minorities the opportunity to excel by hiring them. But all to often, it is in low numbers, it’s much easier to cry “racism”. Don’t blame people of other races for the condition of those who refuse to join the modern world. I don’t see Asians or people from other countries continually complaining and demanding something for nothing. As I said earlier, whenever you need to hire someone, whether it be to mow your lawn or work in a business, you know where to look for them.

  47. menopaws, you are the pot calling the kettle black when you talk about “bitter losers”. With a name like “menopaws”, it speaks for itself.

  48. Does anyone read Doone’s posts?

  49. itwasntmethistime says:

    I don’t read Doone’s posts anymore. Too long.

    I don’t think white people are holding blacks back. I think black people are. They suck each other away from school and into gangs. The boys knock up the girls as young as possible with the empty promise of “I’ll get you out of here, baby.” They hassle kids who do well in school until they quit, then blame white people because the black drop-out rate is high.

  50. Old habits die hard, thankfully. Nice letter. It’s good to know that we weren’t successful in passing down all of our prejudices.

  51. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Alindasue- what solutions do we need and who provides them? The govt? Every time the govt sticks its hand into central planning and social experiments it fails.

    What we need is for the old race baiters to die off. I saw that honestly. Whether a ‘civil rights warrior’ or a bigot, both sides are stuck judging people by color. The majority of judgement passed today is by progressives- minorities cannot compete in a standardized test, minorities cannot get an ID, minorities need a leg up for …. It is the progressive that encourages them to look for govt solutions and handouts. It is the modern left that tells blacks and Hispanics they are second class citizens, not smart enough to excel on their own.

  52. velmak, “does anyone read Doone’s posts”. If I had all day to sit through all of his boring rants I still wouldn’t read them. No point in reading something that is designed only for the purpose of trying to impress the sheeple that believe the tripe he writes about. I admit though, I do give it a brief scan to make sure he’s still on message.

  53. Nothing like white folks pronouncing what is wrong with black folks to convince me that racism is no longer a factor to be taken seriously in the US!

  54. LornaDoone says:

    No one reads my posts, but they sure know what I say. LMAO

    In certain cases, one moniker will claim not to read my posts while another responds. Then later the one claiming not to read my posts, picks up perfectly in stride.

    Now, does that mean that someone would be using multiples? Heck no.

  55. LornaDoone says:

    “Nothing like white folks pronouncing what is wrong with black folks to convince me that racism is no longer a factor to be taken seriously in the US!”

    Much like there is no war on women’s rights.

  56. itwasntmethistime says:

    beerBoy — It isn’t racist to notice obvious cultural differences. It’s racist to discriminate based on those differences but not to simply recognize a difference exists.

  57. Does anyone read velmak, frosty, vox, c7 posts anymore?

  58. itwasntmethistime – what I was commenting on wasn’t “notic(ing) obvious cultural differences” it was the obvious racist tone to your comments.

  59. menopaws, I just noticed that you referenced your “ozark daddy” agin in another blog. I’ll ask you again, is there another daddy, or just the Ozark daddy”?

  60. “racism” definition: (Webster’s) “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”

    Example of such belief, this thread, comment:

    April 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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