Politics Through the Generational Lens


OUR ISSUES 70 GENERATIONAL
POLITICS FOLLOWING A GRUELLING YET
PASSIONATE ELECTION YEAR, OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN CONSUMED
WITH POLITICS. OPINIONS FLARED, GENERATIONS
DIVIDED. SO WHAT SHAPES OUR POLITICAL
OUTLOOK? AND HOW DO GENERATIONS DEVELOP
THEIR DISTINCTIVE POLITICAL
IDENTITY? A LOOK INTO GENERATIONAL
POLITICS, AND WHAT OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT
THEIR POLITICAL INFLUENCE. I’M RANA KAMAL; THIS IS OUR
ISSUES: TWIN CITIES. ♪ THEME MUSIC PLAYING ♪ CROWD CHANTING:“USA, USA, USA.”IT WAS A HISTORICAL MOMENT THAT
SHOOK THE NATION. TRUMP: “I’VE JUST RECEIVED
A CALL FROM SECRETARY CLINTON.”CROWD CHEERING“SHE CONGRATULATED US… IT’S
ABOUT US… ON OUR VICTORY.” AFTER DONALD J. TRUMP BEAT
DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT HILLARY
CLINTON IN A SWEEPING WIN TO BECOME THE
45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES. I THINK THE ELECTION OF 2016
REALLY DISENFRANCHISED A LOT
OF MILLENNIALS, AND… I ACTUALLY THINK THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY IS GOING TO GROW STRONGER
AFTER THIS. I THINK THE TRUMP ELECTION MIGHT
GALVANIZE SOME MILLENNIALS, BUT HIS POLICIES ARE GOING TO HAVE
TO GALVANIZE EVEN MORE. FOLLOWING THE RESULTS OF THE
ELECTION BACK IN NOVEMBER WE SPOKE TO HAMLINE UNIVERSITY
POLY SCI CLASS, LEAD BY
PROFESSOR DAVID SCHULTZ. DAVID: “PART OF WHAT REALLY DID
HAPPEN, WAS THAT TURNOUT WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN THEY
ANTICIPATED. AND GENERALLY THE ARGUMENT IS,
IS WHEN TURNOUT IS LOWER THAT HURTS, HURTS DEMOCRATIC
CANDIDATES. MILLENNIALS, SOME WOMEN, PEOPLE
OF COLOR, JUST DIDN’T COME OUT
IN THE PERCENTAGES THEY DID BEFORE. LOW VOTER TURNOUT, THE URGE FOR
THE ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT, VOTER FRAUD? ONE THING’S FOR
SURE: WITH AN EVER-SO EVOLVING
POPULATION, POLITICS ARE CLEARLY
CHANGING. TODAY THE GENERATIONAL POLITICAL
SPECTRUM LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE
THIS: SILENT GENERATION, THEN THE
BABY BOOMERS. GENERATION X, AND MILLENNIALS. OFTEN TIMES WHEN WE THINK OF
GENERATIONAL POLITICS WE THINK
YOUNG EQUALS LIBERAL OLD EQUALS CONSERVATIVE.
DO YOU THINK THAT’S PRETTY
ACCURATE? DOES AGE SHAPE A PERSON’S
POLITICAL OUTLOOK? ONE OF THE GREAT MYTHS, IS
THE IDEA THAT SAYS WHEN YOU’RE
YOUNG AS YOU SAID YOU’RE VERY LIBERAL,
AS YOU GET OLDER YOU BECOME MORE
CONSERVATIVE. AND THE REALITY IS INSTEAD,
IS THAT WE FIX OUR POLITICAL VIEWS
ROUGHLY IN OUR ADOLESCENCE. NOW THE REASON WHY THIS IS
IMPORTANT, IS THAT MOST OF US DON’T BECOME MORE
CONSERVATIVE AS WE GET OLDER. WHERE WE ARE AT LET’S SAY
ROUGHLY 16, 18, 22 YEARS OLD IS GOING TO BE THE LENS THROUGH
WHICH WE VIEW THE WORLD
POLITICALLY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. HOW DO GENERATIONS DEVELOP THEIR
DISTINCTIVE POLITICAL IDENTITY? HISTORICAL EVENTS CAN INFLUENCE
HOW PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE WORLD BUT ALSO, ECONOMIC EVENTS CAN
DO IT. YOU KNOW? ARE PEOPLE COMING UP OF AN
AGE DURING THE DEPRESSION AS SOME OF OUR GREAT
GRANDPARENTS DID WHEN THE
ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES HAD COLLAPSED. OR ARE THEY
COMING UP DURING A TIME WHEN THE
ECONOMY IS DOING WELL? SO A LOT OF IT IS ABOUT SORT
OF, HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN TERMS OF HOW WE COME OF AGE
AT A PARTICULAR TIME THAT STARTS TO INFLUENCE US. FOR FUE LEE, ECONOMICAL HARDSHIP
WAS WHAT PIQUED HIS INTEREST IN
POLITICS. AS A TEEN, FUE WORKED AT THE
COOKIE CART IN MINNEAPOLIS A NONPROFIT THAT EMPLOYS MORE
THAN 200 TEENAGERS A YEAR PROVIDING CAREER COUNSELING AND
CLASSROOM JOB READINESS
TRAINING. HE’S THE FIRST HMONG-AMERICAN TO
REPRESENT MINNEAPOLIS AT THE
CAPITOL. WE HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE UNITED
STATES FOR OVER 40 YEARS NOW,
AND WE HAVE REALLY CONTRIBUTED TO,
YOU KNOW, WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON
HERE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND I THINK THAT THIS ISN’T THE
FIRST TIME, OR, WON’T BE THE
LAST TIME THAT WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, A
CANDIDATE OF HMONG BACKGROUND, HMONG-AMERICAN BACKGROUND
RUNNING FOR OFFICE. AS THAI REFUGEES, FUE AND HIS
FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA IN THE EARLY 90S. GROWING UP IN
THE HOUSING PROJECTS OF
MINNEAPOLIS, FUE TOOK CARE OF HIS NON-ENGLISH
SPEAKING PARENTS. WHICH LED HIM TO TAKE NOTICE
OF THE ECONOMIC AND RACIAL DISPARITIES MANY PEOPLE FACE
IN MINNESOTA. WHAT DID YOU NOTICE IN
PARTICULAR? WHAT WE HAVE; THE SYSTEM THAT
WE HAVE IN PLACE IS TOUGH FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND
ENGLISH, OR WHO DO NOT HAVE THE FORMAL EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND TO
REALLY OBTAIN THE SERVICES THAT
ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR US
TO REALLY TAP INTO, TO REALLY
HELP US IN OUR LIVES. SO, THAT REALLY
GOT ME INTERESTED IN PUBLIC
SERVICE HOW DO WE MAKE IT EASIER FOR
OUR NEIGHBORS TO CONNECT TO
THE SERVICES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE. AS A YOUNG POLITICIAN YOURSELF,
AND A MILLENNIAL HOW DO YOU SEE MILLENNIALS
IMPACTING POLITICS TODAY? FOR MILLENNIALS, OR FOR MYSELF,
I THINK THAT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE… CHANGE, OR
CHANGE THAT’S REALLY MORE, FASTER, OR SOONER THAN YOU KNOW,
MAYBE THE POLITICAL PROCESS WILL
ALLOW AND I THINK THAT, JUST
CONTRIBUTING THAT INTO OUR
DIFFERENT CONVERSATION OR DEBATE THAT
WE’RE GONNA HAVE AT THE CAPITOL WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING TO
SEE HOW WE CAN START PUSHING
LEGISLATION TO REALLY, FIX THE ISSUES THAT WE
SEE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GOING TO
HAVE A HUGE ROLE IN PLAYING BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO
ARE GOING TO BE LEADING THE
ECONOMY. ELIZABETH KAUTZ IS ALSO BREAKING
BARRIERS. THIS YEAR WILL BE HER EIGHTH
CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS BURNSVILLE
MAYOR. ONE OF MINNESOTA’S MOST
ETHNICALLY DIVERSE CITIES. HOW DO YOU PROJECT THE GROWING
DIVERSITY CONTRIBUTING TO THE POLITICAL SCENE HERE IN
BURNSVILLE IN THE FUTURE? YOU KNOW I THINK THE THING THATS
GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT
LENS THAT THEY VIEW WHAT
GOVERNMENT DOES. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY’RE
GOING TO BE AS LOYAL TO A POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. CURRENTLY BABY BOOMERS ARE
DRIVING POLITICS. BUT WHEN DO YOU ENVISION TO BE THE
PIVOTAL MOMENT OF CHANGE IN POLITICS FOR MILLENNIALS? IT IS THAT TIME WHEN THEY GET
MARRIED AND HAVE A FAMILY. AND NOW IT’S ABOUT A SYSTEM,
A FAMILY SYSTEM AND NOW THEY BECOME MORE ENGAGED IN THE
COMMUNITY, AND THEY’RE NOW
TAKING OWNERSHIP OF A COMMUNITY. WHEN
THEY HAVE CHILDREN, NOW THEY NEED AN AUTOMOBILE AND NOT JUST
TRANSIT TO GET TO WORK, BUT THEY NEED AN AUTOMOBILE TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE CHILDREN GET TO DAYCARE AND THEN THEY NEED TO GET TO
WORK AND ALL OF THAT. SO, DYNAMICS CHANGE. AND THAT’S
WHEN IT STARTS TO CHANGE I THINK FOR MILLENNIALS. WHEN WE RETURN: WHAT A PANEL OF
YOUNG MILLENNIALS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEIR ROLE IN POLITICS
TODAY. ACCORDING TO PEW RESEARCH:
MILLENNIALS ARE THE LARGEST
LIVING POPULATION. SURPASSING BABY BOOMERS, WITH
A POPULATION OF 75.4 MILLION, MILLENNIALS ARE DEFINED AS:
THOSE AGES 18-34. AS MILLENNIALS ARE GETING OLDER,
THEY’RE BECOMING MORE INTERESTED IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL ISSUES. HOW MUCH OF AN EFFECT DO YOU
THINK MILLENNIALS HAVE ON
POLITICS TODAY? RIGHT NOW MILLENNIALS ARE THE
LARGEST VOTING BLOCK IN THE
ELECTORATE. NOW, THEY… FIRST OFF:
MILLENNIALS ARE 86 MILLION PEOPLE IN OUR POPULATION. PUT IN COMPARISON HERE:
THE BABY BOOMERS ARE 76
MILLION SO THEY’RE EVEN LARGER THAN
THE BABY BOOMERS. THE MILLENNIALS ARE ALSO ON ALL
KINDS OF STUDIES THAT WE LOOK AT IN ASKING THEM HOW TO RANK THEM
IN TERMS OF CONSERVATIVE VERSUS LIBERAL, THEY’RE THE MOST
LIBERAL GENERATION WE’VE EVER
SURVEYED. SO THEY ARE FURTHER TO THE LEFT
THAN THE SILENT GENERATION, WHICH IS BASICALLY EXITING OUT.
BUT THE MILLENNIALS, ARE NOW STARTING TO VOTE IN LARGER AND
LARGER PERCENTAGES AND IN THIS ELECTION THEY’RE THE LARGEST
VOTING BLOCK. CROWD CHANTING:
BLACK LIVES MATTER!
THEIR INFLUENCE, ESPECIALLY ON
SOCIAL ISSUES IS CERTAINLY FELT
TODAY. THE MILLENNIALS HAVE ALREADY
MADE THEIR IMPRINT ON TWO ISSUES ON LGBT ISSUES, ESPECIALLY
MARRIAGE EQUALITY. AND IN THE WHOLE DEBATE ON MEDICAL
MARIJUANA AND THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA. THEY HAVE ALREADY
LARGELY CHANGED THE DEBATE. WHAT I THINK IS A FASCINATING
QUESTION IS HOW THE MILLENNIALS; ROUGHLY THOSE BORN
BETWEEN 1982 AND 2000, THE LARGEST GENERATION IN AMERICAN
HISTORY; WHAT’S THEIR COMING POLITICAL IMPRINT ON AMERICAN
SOCIETY OVER THE NEXT DECADE
OR MORE? I THINK IT’S REALLY DEPENDANT ON
US TO MAKE THE CHANGE. SO I SAT WITH A FEW UNDERGRAD
MILLENNIALS FROM HAMLINE UNIVERSITY TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT
THEIR GENERATION HAS ON POLITICS
TODAY. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST PIVOTAL
MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS SHAPED THE WAY YOU VIEW
POLITICS? I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS WHEN THE
“VOTE NO” MOVEMENT WAS
SUCCESSFUL BACK IN 2012. WHEN I WAS IN
HIGH SCHOOL. LIKE WHEN THAT WAS PASSED,
OR WHEN IT WASN’T PASSED RATHER WHAT WAS THE MOMENT WHERE I
REALIZED, “OH MY GOSH, WE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE A CHANGE.” SEEING
THIS AMENDMENT THAT HAD BEEN LIKE GOING ON IN 36 OTHER STATES
WHERE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WERE CONSTITUTIONALLY RESTRICTING THE
RIGHT TO MARRY AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IN
MINNESOTA WE’RE LIKE, “NO, WE’RE GONNA REJECT THAT.
AND WE’RE GONNA SAY THAT PEOPLE CAN MARRY WHOEVER THEY WANT.” THAT WAS REALLY POWERFUL AND
THAT’S KIND OF WHAT GOT ME INTO
POLITICS. I WAS RAISED BY MY MOM AND
STEP-DAD WHO ARE BOTH MEXICAN
IMMIGRANTS SO I JUST KIND OF ALWAYS, LIKE
HEARD ABOUT THE, LIKE, HOW POLITICS REALLY AFFECTED US
DIRECTLY. BUT I THINK THE THING THAT REALLY MOTIVATED ME TO
BECOME INVOLVED IN POLITICS
WITH MY CAREER IS WHEN I WORKED WITH TAKE
ACTION MINNESOTA LAST YEAR TO HELP GET EARNED SICK AND SAFE
TIME PASSED IN MINNEAPOLIS AND SAINT PAUL. SO I GUESS JUST
LIKE KNOWING THAT MY STORY AND MY VOICE COULD ACTUALLY DO
SOMETHING TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE REALLY MOTIVATED ME TO
BE; I GUESS GET OTHER PEOPLE MY AGE INVOLVED IN POLITICS
AS WELL. WHAT REALLY, I THINK, GOT ME
THINKING ABOUT POLITICS WAS THE 2008 ECONOMIC CRASH. AND JUST SEEING, LIKE, THE
FALLOUT FROM, FROM THAT. AND HOW GOVERNMENT JUST…
DROPPED THE BALL HARD. AND THAT’S WHAT REALLY
WOKE ME UP I GUESS. THERE’S THIS BELIEF THAT
MILLENNIALS ARE POLITICALLY
INDIFFERENT, AND ARE THE DISCONNECTED
GENERATION. DO MILLENNIALS CARE ABOUT
POLITICS? YES. YEAH. MM-HM. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF
MILLENNIALS WHO FEEL LIKE THEIR VOICE DOESN’T MATTER AND THAT
THERE ISN’T A LOT THEY CAN DO. SO I THINK A LOT OF MILLENNIALS
JUST KIND OF WANT TO REFORM THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. I DEFINITELY THINK THAT THE
IDEA THAT MILLENNIALS ARE SOMEHOW APATHETIC TOWARDS
POLITICS ISN’T QUITE ACCURATE. I DEFINITELY THINK THAT WE’RE
SOME OF THE MOST OPINIONATED
PEOPLE. I THINK WHERE THE ISSUE LIES IS
GETTING MILLENNIALS MOBILIZED AND REALLY PARTICIPATING IN THE
POLITICAL PROCESS. THERE NEEDS TO COME SOME
MASSIVE ISSUE THAT REALLY GALVANIZES THE
GENERATION. I THINK WITH; I THINK IF WE
TAKE GENERATIONS A BIT SMALLER THE GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE WAS
WHEN THE GENERATION JUST BEFORE US HAD THEIR BIG
MOMENT. I DON’T THINK WE’VE HAD OURS YET; YOU COULD
ARGUE IT WAS THE SANDERS
CAMPAIGN BUT I DON’T THINK WE’RE THERE
YET. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT THE
MAJORITY OF MILLENNIALS HAVE LITTLE OR NO TRUST THAT THE
GOVERNMENT WILL DO WHAT IS
RIGHT. WHY DO YOU GUYS THINK THAT IS? IF WE’RE BASICALLY MIDDLE TO
LOWER CLASS AMERICANS WHICH MOST OF US ARE, THE GOVERNMENT
HAS FAILED US. WE HAVE A POLITICAL SYSTEM
THAT HAS SHOWN TIME AND TIME
AGAIN THAT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS
NOT NECESSARILY WHAT’S GOING
TO HAPPEN. CASE IN POINT WITH THE 2016
ELECTION. WE HAVE SOMEONE HILLARY CLINTON, WHO WINS MORE
HUMAN BEINGS VOTING FOR HER BY A HUGE MARGIN, I MEAN, NEARLY
3 MILLION VOTES; AND YET THIS SYSTEM, THE ELECTORAL
COLLEGE CHOOSES A LOSING
CANDIDATE. AND I THINK INSTANCES LIKE THAT
ARE REALLY DISENFRANCHISING
OUR GENERATION, MILLENNIALS. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE’S
STARTING TO BE A REVOLUTION WITH OUR GENERATION, AND I THINK
IT’S REALLY ABOUT US
ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED
TO BE SERVING THE PEOPLE; SO I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND
NONPROFITS THAT ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE POWER GOES BACK TO THE PEOPLE, AND MAKING SURE THAT
WE COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY AND AS A COUNTRY TO, I GUESS
GET BACK WHAT WE FEEL LIKE WE’VE BEEN; WE’VE
LOST FOR SO MANY YEARS. HOW MUCH OF AN EFFECT DO YOU
THINK MILLENNIALS HAVE ON POLITICS TODAY? TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I DON’T
THINK THAT MILLENNIALS HAVE A HUGE VOICE RIGHT NOW, AND
THAT’S A SHAME. AND I THINK THAT THAT’S
SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO
NEED TO CHANGE GOING FORWARD IF WE WANT TO HAVE
ANY HOPE OF REFORMING A SYSTEM THAT SO MANY
PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT. I ACTUALLY THINK WE HAVE A
PRETTY BIG VOICE. BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE
MORE PEOPLE OUR AGE WHO VOTED THAN ANY OTHER; AT LEAST IN THIS
CENTURY THAN ANY OTHER TIME OR ANY OTHER ELECTION. SO LIKE
EVEN THOUGH THE SYSTEM FAILED US BY HAVING SOMEBODY WHO DIDN’T
WIN BY THE POPULAR VOTE THERE ARE STILL MORE PEOPLE WHO
ARE ABLE TO VOTE, AND BECAUSE OF THAT THERE ARE SO
MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE UPSET AND REALIZE THAT THE
SYSTEM NEEDS TO CHANGE AND I THINK WE ARE HAVING A BIG
EFFECT ON THAT. AS MILLENNIALS, WHAT ARE THE
ISSUES THAT YOU GUYS CARE ABOUT
TODAY? I GUESS THERE ARE A LOT OF
SOCIAL ISSUES THAT I CARE ABOUT BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S
KIND OF ALL UNDERNEATH THE UMBRELLA OF EVERYBODY HAVING
THE SAME BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. TO ME THE KIND OF SOCIETY THAT
WE HAVE IN AMERICA IS PERFECTLY ABLE TO GIVE JUST
ABOUT EVERYONE A VERY; A LIFE FULL OF MEANING
AND PRODUCTIVITY. AND WHEN WE ARE THIS WEALTHY
AS A WHOLE COUNTRY THERE IS NO
EXCUSE. AND WITH ECONOMIC POWER CAN COME
SOCIAL POWER. I GUESS I’M MORE PASSIONATE
ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES. NOT THAT ECONOMIC ISSUES AREN’T
IMPORTANT THEY’RE JUST NOT SOMETHING THAT
I’M SUPER CRAZY ABOUT. SPECIFICALLY, TRANS RIGHTS. I
MEAN, I HAVE A TWIN BROTHER WHO’S TRANS. AND JUST SEEING HOW
EVEN WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY WE’VE MADE SO MUCH PROGRESS,
AND YET WE’RE KIND OF LEAVING BEHIND TRANS INDIVIDUALS.
THERE’S THIS PERCEPTION THAT: OKAY, MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS
PASSED AND NOW YAY, EVERYTHING’S GREAT FOR
EVERYONE. WELL THAT’S NOT QUITE
THE CASE THERE’S SO MUCH MORE WORK TO
DO. UP NEXT ON OUR ISSUES: TWIN
CITIES HOW OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS
WILL DRIVE CHANGE IN THE NEXT
DECADE. THE RAPID RISE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL AND
MONUMENTAL CHANGE IN HOW WE RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE
OUR NEWS. IT USED TO BE; IF YOU WERE
RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT THE WAY THAT YOU HAD INFLUENCE
WAS THROUGH TELEVISION. MODERN PRESIDENCY IS ALL ABOUT
TV. OBAMA MADE THE TRANSITION TO
WHERE NOW THE NEW MODERN
PRESIDENCY IS REMADE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT:
THERE MAY BE NEW APPROPRIATE
AVENUES FOR THE MILLENNIALS TO USE
TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ALL THE
DIFFERENT OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS, AS A WAY
OF TRYING TO BRING PEOPLE
TOGETHER TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE
CERTAIN TYPES OF THINGS. HOW MUCH AN INFLUENCE DOES
SOCIAL MEDIA HAVE ON MILLENNIALS AND THEIR POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES? I GUESS OUR GENERATION IS JUST
KIND OF BECOME A GENERATION WHERE IT’S SO MUCH EASIER TO
EXPLAIN HOW YOU FEEL IN A MORE COHERENT WAY. LIKE
OVER A MESSAGE OR ON A STATUS BUT THAT WAY YOU’RE ABLE TO
REACH A LOT MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO
JUST THROUGH A CONVERSATION AND YOU’RE ABLE TO SHARE OTHER
OPINIONS AND OTHER THINGS THAT ALSO AGREE WITH THROUGH
SOCIAL MEDIA. I THINK WE’RE REACHING A POINT
THOUGH, THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WILL STOP BEING SUCH A MAJOR THING. YOU’RE GOING TO REACH A POINT
WHERE; AND YOU MIGHT SEE IT ALREADY
WITH BACKLASH TOWARDS LIKE, SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS
AND… PEOPLE WHO DON’T SEEM TO BE
DOING ANYTHING, BUT THEY’RE
TALKING A LOT ONLINE. THEY’RE; THE NEXT CHALLENGE
ISN’T SO MUCH TO POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA, IT’S
LIKE: GET IN THE STREETS GET PEOPLE OUT THERE, GET
PEOPLE VOTING. WHAT OTHER CURRENT ISSUES DO YOU
THINK WILL BE IRRELEVANT OR A NON-ISSUE IN THE NEXT
DECADE? I THINK IT’S GONNA BE LGBT
ISSUES, IT’S GONNA BE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS; LARGELY
FALL AWAY IN TERMS OF THINGS
BEING FOUGHT OVER I THINK WE’RE GONNA SEE
IMMIGRATION REFORM PASSED
AT SOME POINT. I THINK OTHER ISSUES THAT MIGHT
BE DISAPPEARING FROM OUR
POLITICAL SYSTEM MIGHT BE A WHOLE OTHER
RANGE OF SORT OF OF SOCIAL ISSUES. I MEAN,
I THINK TO A LARGE EXTENT YOU KNOW, THE MILLENNIALS ARE
DEFINED BY SAYING: “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHOEVER
YOU ARE.” YOU KNOW? IT’S OKAY JUST, JUST TO BE. AND SO, THE SOCIAL ISSUES;
I THINK EVEN LIKE FOR RELIGION. JUST BASIC
FIGHTS OVER RELIGION WHICH I THINK HAVE DOMINATED
OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM FOR AWHILE ARE GOING TO FADE. MILLENNIALS ARE THE MOST
MODERATE OF THE CURRENT GENERATIONS. AND BECAUSE THEY
ARE ALSO THE MOST RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE, ANALYSTS
BELIEVE POLITICS WILL IMMENSELY EVOLVE IN THE FUTURE. AS MILLENNIALS START TO TAKE
OVER THE REINS, WHERE DO YOU
GUYS SEE POLITICS HEADING IN THE NEXT
TEN YEARS? DEFINITELY A MUCH MORE
DEMOCRATIC PLACE. LIKE WE SAID, YOU LOOK AT THE
MAP OF HOW MILLENNIALS VOTED; IT WAS VERY VERY BLUE, SO… I DON’T WANT TO SAY IT’S THE
DEATH OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BUT, IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE IT’S
LEANING TOWARDS A MORE LIBERAL FUTURE. AFTER DONALD TRUMP AND AFTER
MILLENNIALS GET TO TAKE OVER
POLITICS I THINK IT’S GONNA BE MORE
LOVING, MORE ACCEPTING AND JUST LIKE MORE,
COMMUNITY LEADING. I THINK THINGS NEED TO GET
WORSE BEFORE THINGS GET BETTER AND I THINK THIS; I THINK THE
TRUMP ELECTION MIGHT GALVANIZE SOME MILLENNIALS, BUT I THINK
HIS POLICIES ARE GONNA HAVE TO GALVANIZE EVEN MORE. I HOPE WE REALLY CARE ABOUT
LIKE, GUN CONTROL. I THINK THAT’LL BE LIKE A REALLY
BIG; KIND OF LIKE MILLENNIALS SUPPORTING MORE GUN CONTROL
AND THEN THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING OLD ARE KIND OF
HANGING ON TO SECOND AMENDMENT
TYPE STUFF. I HOPE THAT WE’RE GONNA BE MORE
OPEN ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND ILLEGAL STATUS, AND ALLOWING
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BE ABLE
TO BECOME CITIZENS. I THINK THE MONEY IN POLITICS
BECAUSE UNTIL YOU CHANGE THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO
CHANGE MUCH ELSE. AND WHAT ABOUT GENERATION Z? WHERE DO YOU THEY’RE GOING TO
FIT IN POLITICALLY IN THE
FUTURE? THIS IS A GREAT QUESTION;
GENERATION Z IS; WE’RE REFERRING
TO OF COURSE THE POST-MILLENNIALS, RIGHT. NOW I’VE HEARD A DIFFERENT NAME
FOR THEM, WHICH IS THE DIGITALS. THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS IT’S TOO
SOON TO TELL RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WE’RE LOOKING AT PEOPLE BORN
ROUGHLY BETWEEN 2001, AND STILL BEING BORN; 2016. THE OLDEST ONES ARE 15 OR 16
YEARS OLD. CLEARLY; THAT’S A GROUP; IT
DOESN’T SEEM LIKE ITS POPULATION IS GONNA BE AS BIG AS THE
MILLENNIALS. BUT IT’S STILL GOING TO BE
EVEN MORE RACIALLY DIVERSE, IT’S GONNA BE EVEN MORE
RELIGIOUSLY DIVERSE, AND I SUSPECT WE’RE GONNA SEE;
AGAIN ON THE SOCIAL ISSUES THEY’RE VERY VERY MUCH ALIGNED
WITH THEIR OLDER BROTHERS AND
SISTERS. ONE THING’S FOR SURE:
THE UPCOMING GENERATIONS WILL BEGIN TO DRIVE THE CHANGE
AND CHALLENGES IN AMERICA’S NEXT
DECADE. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK LIE
AHEAD FOR THIS COUNTRY? I THINK THAT WE REALLY NEED TO
TAKE A STEP BACK AND SEE HOW WE COULD REALLY WORK
TOGETHER, YOU KNOW CAUSE
I THINK THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY A LOT
OF THE ISSUES THAT WE CARE ABOUT HERE COMPARED TO OTHER PLACES IN
MINNESOTA WITH REGARDS TO POLITICAL
PHILOSOPHY MAY BE DIFFERENT BUT THE END GOAL IS THE SAME, SO
HOW DO WE FIND THAT COMMON; COMMON GROUND, AND
REALLY WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS
THAT? HOW DO YOU SEE THE UPCOMING
GENERATIONS TAKING ON THESE
CHALLENGES? THEY’RE MAKING THE RULES ALSO,
AS THEY GO ALONG. I THINK SOME OF IT, THAT I HAD
READ AND HAVE SEEN AND
EXPERIENCED WITH SOME OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE;
YOU KNOW THEY’RE ALSO VERY IN TUNE WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING TO
OUR PLANET ON A GLOBAL BASIS. AND THEY’RE SAYING, “THIS IS
OUR PLANET TOO. AND WE’RE GONNA MAKE SURE THAT
IT IS GOING TO BE SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM FOR ME AND MY
CHILDREN, AND MY GRANDCHILDREN.” ARE YOU HOPEFUL FOR THE
FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY? I AM. I AM. THIS COUNTRY HAS
ALWAYS BEEN ALWAYS-EVOLVING
TOWARDS GREATER THINGS. AND SO WE’VE BEEN A GREAT
COUNTRY, AND IT WILL CONTINUE
TO BE GREAT. THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GOING TO
HAVE A HUGE ROLE IN PLAYING BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO
ARE GOING TO BE LEADING THE
ECONOMY. THEY’RE THE ONES WHO ARE MAKING
THOSE KINDS OF DECISIONS. IT’S YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE FUE, WHO
WAS ONCE A REFUGEE IN THAILAND AND NOW LEADS HIS COMMUNITY
OF NORTH MINNEAPOLIS. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE
AT THE CAPITOL? MY BIGGEST GOAL IS TO REALLY
SEE HOW WE COULD BRING GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE,
WHERE WHEN I’M OUT THERE
DOOR-KNOCKING TALKING TO OUR NEIGHBORS HERE,
ESPECIALLY ON THE NORTH SIDE THEY FEEL LIKE A LOT OF THE
RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE ARE NOT COMING TO THEM TOO,
SO HOW DO WE CONNECT THE PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE WITH
THE RESOURCES WE HAVE AT THE
CAPITOL, AND REALLY PUSH IT FOR EVERYONE
HERE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA? MILLENNIALS ARE THE NEXT
GENERATION OF LEADERS. THEIR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE
POLITICS WILL NOT ONLY BRING ABOUT CHANGE; BUT WILL SET THE
STAGE FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME THIS
WEEK ON OUR ISSUES: TWIN CITIES I’M RANA KAMAL.
SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

Maurice Vega

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