The sacrifices of Americans who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II have been praised by Tom Brokaw. But the freshman congresswoman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, believes that the Greatest Generation are millennials.
The Queens-Bronx Democrat who is 29-years-old praised both her fellow millennials and the next generation known as Gen Z in her latest Instagram live video. She claimed that young people are more “informed” and “willing to go to the streets” in protest than earlier generations.
“I think they’re badass,” said Ocasio-Cortez of young people in the video post, a copy of which was tweeted by conservative political voice Caleb Hull. “I think young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors.
“I think they’re profoundly courageous, because they’re willing to puncture more taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have,” said AOC.
Just after saying that she didn’t “want to paint everybody with a broad brush,” AOC in fact did just that. She made it seem as though the present generation of young people pioneered the concept of political activism, and seemed to forget the Vietnam War protests and push for racial equality of the 1960s. Her video seemed to dismiss the WWII generation that saved the world from authoritarian rule. This is the generation named by former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brokaw in his 1998 book, “The Greatest Generation.”
“I think this new generation is very profound and very strong and very brave, because they’re actually willing to go to the streets,” she said. “How ’bout that?
“Previous generations have just assumed that [the] government’s got it,” she said, as she leaned into the camera and cupping her hands to her mouth. “Let me tell you something: You are the government. As a democracy, ‘we the people’ means you.”
AOC also praised her generation’s familiarity with history.
“They actually take the time to read and understand our history,” she said. “The history of the labor movement, history of civil rights, history of racial struggles, history of economics, history of the United States, history of colonialism.”
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