By: Paola Ortega, Guest Contributor
Edited by: Shatoyia Jones, FLP personal and professional development mentor
According to MSN.com, Teens on TikTok are exposing a generational rift between parents and kids over how they treat Black Lives Matter protests.
“Many Gen Z kids have found themselves clashing with parents over racial justice issues.”
Welcome to the club kids. 😭
This is soooooo interesting because us 1st gen Hispanic kids (esp Caribbeans) have BEEN getting disowned by our tios and tias and abuelos since 1999, ever since our immigrant parents brought us here and put us into black neighborhoods and schools and we had to forge an identity around our black peers.
We come home talking about racial injustice against our immigrant relatives’ “pull yourself up by your bootstraps / we’re just grateful to be here” mentality, [the mentality that] they [our immigrant relatives] just cannot accept the complaints of a class of Americans who don’t have the barriers they have (i.e. language or American education).
The mentality that anyone who freely has these things [American education and lack of a language barrier] and cannot “make it” in the land of opportunity only has excuses.