Was it a Joke? Gen Z and Millennials Get Heated Over 2016 Election
During a lively panel on feminism hosted by VICE featuring Gen-Z and millennial voters, L’Wren Tikva, a Bernie Sanders turned Trump supporter, struggles to justify how she jumped ship from the Democratic Party to the now president, due to her antipathy for Hilary Clinton. She half-heartedly refers to the 2016 election as a joke, prompting side-eyes from some of her fellow women.
The clip of the exchange went viral on Twitter, with Deja Foxx taking that inflection point as an opportunity to speak to the privilege communities of color often feel they are up against, due to how undermining the Trump rhetoric has been towards marginalized communities. With immigrants and refugees taking the brunt.
The concern is not without merit. In fact, just this week, Trump announced that he would be rescinding financial aid services for Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. That news was capped off with an insulting moment on a recent Fox & Friends segment. Meanwhile, there is a continued humanitarian crisis at the border where detention centers are overcrowded, asylum cases heavily backlogged, and children are prone to abuse.
Over the course of the exchange the women debated the complexities of the patriarchy, feminism as viewed through the modern lens, sexual abuse, the spectrum of conservative versus liberal views, misogyny and shame, pro-life versus pro-choice, and the uptick in violence due to white supremacy. Markedly absent was a discussion regarding the wage gap. Still, the panel was full of surprises, particularly in the diversity of its perspectives.
With the U.S. gearing up for elections, and a slew of candidates beginning to claim their share of the media airwaves, we are left to wonder how future exchanges between opposing voting blocs will play out in the public square. Young people are showing signs of heavy interest in contemporary politics, with both Gen-Z and Millennials being lauded as highly coveted voters.
These conversations are hardly easy. The Democratic Party itself is internally wrestling with which direction it wants to take going forward. How voters dialogue about their choices, and whether pollsters, the media, and politicians will be able to help broker a productive conversation during the 2020 election cycle is still up in the air, just as the Democratic nomination for president is still up for grabs.
Watch the interview in its entirety below!