When I converse with my peers about current events, I tend to get one of two responses: that of ignorance, or that of despair. The ignorant aren't the ones that I would like to reach in this article; they still have a lot to learn and a lot of waking up to do. Instead, I want to reach those who no longer have hope -- those who see the police state forming and feel that if their candidate of choice doesn't win the presidency, well then, there is no more use trying. I have news for you, friends: You have a lot more power than you realize.
Each upcoming generation has a great, underrated power over older generations: inevitability. There is no way to get around it; we will be the leaders of the world, and as such, we are the ones responsible for the world we live in. We cannot be like the political leaders we despise and blame it on generations passed.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country. -- Thomas Jefferson
Have we already forgotten the lessons of the 60's, or did we simply learn the wrong ones? I contend it's the latter, another failure of our abysmal education system. But I digress. The real lesson to be learned is that the people have the power, especially the youth. The youth overwhelmingly participated in the civil rights protests -- the sit-ins, the marches, and the boycotts. In fact, Martin Luther King, Jr. himself was born in 1929, making him a relatively youthful leader.