Barry English 151
April 27, 2014
Society’s Attitude towards Young People
Why doesn’t society give people of young age a chance? Everyone is different. Not all are violent, wear hoodies, and are ignorant. Some of us are mature, do well in school and are on the right path in life; so to be stereotyped into one category by older adults is unfair. Young people in our society today are viewed in a negative way. They are often frowned upon by society based on a few of their peers being violent, untrustworthy, and incapable to accomplish greatness. Teenagers are seen as a threat to society. Adults often don't trust younger people. They also tend to assume the worst of them. Even the elderly are afraid of our youth now days to a certain extent. I know a lot of peers just like myself who are the opposite of what society thinks of them. They are good people that are focused on school and are becoming something in life. Then, there are the ones that just do not care. In the modern day I feel that society should give those younger than 30 the chance to prove themselves. We are automatically judged to be the worst, and kind of shut down. In a recent magazine article “Never trust anyone under 30” Dawn Rougeux expresses adult society’s attitudes toward young people. In the article “Never Trust anyone under 30” Dawn asserts the argument of age discrimination. Dawn states in her article that society is prejudice against the young, and it’s just not fair. Older adults are highly suspicious of younger people, assuming the worst of them. Older people have a fear towards young people. In our society today when some elderly woman notices a group of young people she will hold on to her purse tightly and get away as soon as possible. They do this because they might not feel safe. The group of young people may be making a lot of noises or engaging in bad acts. I observed this situation before many times from my own experiences. When I was back in junior high school I used to take the bus home with a group of my friends. On the bus we were usually loud to the point where many elders didn’t feel safe. They ended up moving away from us to the front of the bus. Also many older adults often told us to be quiet because they felt that we were getting out of hand. I and my group of friends really weren’t going to cause any harm we were just happy to be out of school, but the older adults didn’t see it in that manner. From this situation it’s clear that both the elderly and older adults don’t trust younger people. As a result young people suffer from unfair treatment. Older adult’s suspicions have led to our youths suffering from harassment and discriminatory targeting from authorities and law enforcement. This sort of discrimination is unfair to certain young people because they are the opposite of what society thinks of them but they’re still being stereotype because of their peers. From my own experiences I observed many situations where an older adult targets a younger person. A majority of the time their suspicions ended up to be wrong. During my last year of high school I got out of school as early as 10 am. As a senior I only had two periods everyday so I left school at 10 am. While I was on my way home I was often targeted by authority because they immediately thought that I was skipping school. Almost every day I was stopped by the cops because they thought I was skipping school for being out so early. They would ask me for my ID and once I explained to them that the school day was over for me and told them what school I went to they let me go. By seeing me out so early in the streets officers automatically assumed the worst of me, and it was not the case at all. Since I was young older adults and the authorities assumed the worst, when I was honestly innocent. Many older adults feel that young people are incapable to...
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