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Your Age Doesn’t Justify Racism

OldRacism seems like such an antiquated term in our society. It is highly unaccepted and scorned according to modern standards. So why does it seem that older people are excused from hard criticism when they say racist or inappropriate things?

Frankly, I am tired of the terms, “They’re from a different time” and “Things were different back then.” This gives the older generation an excuse to act with the same standards from their youth. Excusing these  racist behaviors just desensitizes our society to this “old humor” and promotes the acceptance of racism.

Surprisingly, many people in our society are guilty of this. The amount of times I’ve  heard someone making an excuse for the rude and inappropriate comments that their parents and grandparents made is appalling.

This continues to present itself as a social issue. We allow the elderly to not take responsibility for their actions and words.

“This shows that older people weren’t just expressing more prejudice because they didn’t care what people thought of them, or because they didn’t care to control their prejudices,” stated Von Hippel, a social psychologist.

He went on to say, “We should be more understanding, because it is harder for older people to be non-prejudiced. But that doesn’t let them off the hook. By no means are we saying that they have to act in a discriminatory manner or that they have absolutely no control over what they say or do.”

Many use the excuse that racism will be gone after this generation “dies off,” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If bigotry is accepted based on your age, it gives younger generations an impression that racism is conditionally accepted and therefore excusable.

“Racism is a taught thing and you can learn how to not be a crappy person, even if you grew in a time where it was the norm. That doesn’t justify it,” said Maeve Flynn, junior.

During the older generation’s lifespan, many social developments have occurred. Our society has evolved to accommodate a growing diversity and increasing civil rights movements. Because of this, we must hold the older generations accountable for their actions and words.

We must expect change from them in order to appropriately enforce the social changes that have occurred in their lifespan. It is disrespectful to the civil rights leaders that sacrificed much to excuse and justify this type of behavior.

We must stop giving our elders a pass for their bigotry. Their traditional values and antiquated ideals have negatively impacted our modern world and they must be left in the past.

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  • Beeswax, Not Yours Inc

    This seems like something that is out of anyone’s control as these are opinions that they were brought up with and was imprinted into their brains just like how now a days we were forced to believe that racism is bad.