As a sister episode to last week’s awesome interview with The Raven Corps youth activism group, this week we talk about how our oppressive systems are built to specifically target young people in order to prevent the youth from having political power or, most dangerous of all, hope.
Callie pops her top over discovering the book White Fragility was authored by a white woman, inspired by an episode of the Low Society podcast. Then Nichole takes a moment, in a testament to the power of The Youth, to recognize the incredible internet activism of Kpop stans and TikTok users after they “catfish” the Tulsa Trump rally, leading the campaign to think there were far more people coming than actually showed up *chefs kiss*
- #032 – White Fragility | Low Society (SoundCloud)
- Sick staff and empty seats: How Trump’s triumphant return to the campaign trail went from bad to worse | by Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins (CNN)
- ‘These kids are smart, they thought of everything’: TikTok users claim some responsibility for low turnout to Trump’s Tulsa rally | by Taylor Lorenze, Sheera Frenkel, Kellen Browning (Independent UK)
There are two factors of COVID-19:… (Thanks, Rose!)
Main Topic: How the Youth are Oppressed
In researching this topic, it became clear very quickly that in any way a person can be oppressed, they will be doubly so when young. There was a sharp change after the 1960s, when the government became fully aware from the Civil Rights protests and anti-war protests that the youth had a tremendous amount of political power just by the force of their convictions. After that era, a concerted effort was made to subtly, secretly attack youth through every conceivable system that touches our lives. We outline several, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
We want young people to hear this episode and feel validated for any time they’ve felt like things are stacked against them. Older folks can understand what youth experience, and also see how they were potentially oppressed when younger as well, depending on what era they grew up in.
- The Student Vote Is Surging. So Are Efforts to Suppress It. | by Michael Wines on Oct 24, 2019 (NY Times)
- Boomers vs. Millennials: A Look at the Financial Gap Between Generations | by Joel Anderson (Yahoo Finance)
- 5 facts about student loans | by Anthony Cilluffo (Pew Research Center)
- How Biden helped create the student debt problem he now promises to fix | by Ed Pilkington on Dec 2, 2019 (The Guardian)
- Learn More: Child Marriage in the U.S. (Equality Now)
- Abortion and Parental Involvement Laws (Advocates for Youth)
- The Case for the Self-Driven Child | by Gareth Cook on Feb 13, 2018
- The School-to-Prison Pipeline | by Maggie Thomas on Feb 27, 2017 (Public Health Post)
- The other student debt: US kids struggle to pay for school meals | by Kaelyn Forde on Sep 27, 2019
- The Rising Problem of Student Lunch Debt and How it Affects Families | by Jessica Fu on Sep 11, 2019
- Cops in schools were hired to prevent shootings, instead they are arresting kids | Twitter thread
- Price Of College Increasing Almost 8 Times Faster Than Wages | by Camilo Maldonado on Jul 24, 2018
- Student Loan Debt Climbs to $1.4 Trillion in 2019 | by Matt Tatham on Jul 24, 2019
- How Student Debt and the Racial Wealth Gap Reinforce Each Other | by Jen Mishory, Mark Huelsman, Suzanne Kahn on Sep 9, 2019
- The oppression of the young | Yeger (YouTube)