White Parents, you think
you know shit, but you don’t
Why do your kids spend
so much time on the internet? It’s a question you guys seem to have a throbbing
erection for asking, just like a straight boy trying to get nudes on tindr.
Because there, kids
aren’t written off in the way parents do, with the totally academic response “because
I’m the parent, I say so, it just is, I know more than you, wisdom beats youth.”
They are allowed to
explore, see and feel things they never experienced
Hear stories they couldn’t
imagine, meet people they never thought existed
But here’s what I think
you’re scared off: They can see the world through glasses provided by someone
other than yourself.
Suddenly, their whole
Why do the girl and guy
always get together? Why are white people so over-represented in culture? Why is
T Swift critiqued for the same kind of music boys make? Maybe the victim isn’t asking
for it? Maybe the problem isn’t “Black Culture.” Is smoking this joint really
going to ruin my life? I can’t understand why my parents don’t trust the family
of the nice Muslim girl I go to school with. Maybe we should stop assuming straight
people are the norm. Native people are actually really kind and really smart.
Vaccines obviously don’t fucking cause autism and even if they did, why is that
a bad thing?
Suddenly, you can’t
control your child’s worldview any more. You may become the bad guy.
You told me that sexism isn’t
a problem anymore but then always comment on my feminine interests and the fact
that my closest friends are girls.
You told me racism isn’t a
problem but when I had immigrant friends in 7th grade you made
comments on diets, accents and languages when all I cared about was the pokemon
we were trading that day.
Rape is bad unless the
she was wearing something revealing or in some neighbourhood and when it shows
up in fiction glorified by the media it’s okay it’s only an apologist message
being heard around the world and to be honest that’s fifty shades of fucked up.
If only my Dad knew about the night in Cuba that I claim I don’t remember but can’t
seem to forget.
You told me it was okay to
be gay but when I spoke out about discrimination, harassment and bullying I “needed
to respect the opinions of others” and those opinions were literally “put all
the faggots on an island and nuke it”
You spew shit about “fixing relationships when they’re broken” but that’s rich coming from an aunt who broke it off with her husband on the plane back from their honeymoon and centered her life years later around a kid and a man only to find out that he wasn’t the father.
You told me my music was
crap and shit and not real music but when I express distaste for the same old
bullshit you listen to I don’t know what I’m talking about. Here’s an idea.
Maybe the music industry understands your kids more than you fucking do?
I was taught that everyone
has the right to an opinion but you used the word opinion to disguise your
ignorance and used idealism to write off the opinions of an entire generation
in the equivalent of that thing that emu’s do while at the same time sticking
your thumb up your ass and ignoring some real issues because they don’t affect
you and you can’t change.
Well guess what, that’s
called privilege and it is sociology 101. Oh wait, that’s right, you dropped
out of college Dad. God only knows how you got a job and house when you came to
pick me up from CAS where my mother left me for good. Oh wait, the 90’s was a
great time, when people still had the promise of jobs and careers and actually
being able to afford a mortgage. Gee, I
wonder what that must have been like, before the recession and before the
planet was stripped almost entirely of natural resources.
So while you all share
those lovely “What’s wrong with young people today” articles on Facebook, on a
computer a lot of you call your children to troubleshoot for you, maybe think
about this: Why do we insist on critiquing a whole generation of people we
raised, in a world so fucked the rest of the universe is probably laughing at
us, instead of actually fixing the systematic problems that we created?
While young people go
through a shit ton of problems that weren’t even thought of yet in your day,
realize that while no one generation knows everything, you guys certainly don’t
know as much shit as you think you do.