Adults are very angry at teenagers again.
I guess they always are, but let’s talk about what is angering them. This week, a group of teenagers from a high school where a gunman slaughtered 17 of their classmates just a few days before began to speak out. They got on CNN. They got on Buzzfeed. They met with President Trump, who actually carried notes into the meeting to be prepared to listen. And millions Americans got mad about this. They got angry. They yelled that these “kids” shouldn’t be telling them how to live and have an opinion on the Second Amendment. Now, not everyone got angry. Some were pretty happy with these kids make the choices.
This happened just a few weeks after more adults got mad at hundreds of teenagers across the country for making their decisions on where they plan to put balls in baskets and carry footballs on grass. They were angry that these kids didn’t pick their stadiums and arenas to do this. They chose somewhere else. Now, not everyone got angry. Some were pretty happy with these kids make the choices.
Now, let’s compare and contrast this to a case that was local. For us. At least. The one of Zion Williamson, the All-Everything recruit out of Spartanburg, who chose to dunk basketballs at Duke as opposed to an in-state college such as USC or Clemson. A very vocal part of the Upstate got very angry. They accused him of selling out the state. They said he should have thought big picture and how he could have turned Clemson or USC into a basketball power whereas at Duke, he would just another cog in long list of great players.
I would like to see a Venn Diagram showing the overlap between adults mad at the Florida kids for make a stand about their future and the adults mad at Zion Williamson for making a stand about his future. One side wants the Florida kids to be quiet, while many of those same folks probably wanted Zion Williamson.
Just something to think about.