Yes, Millennial narratives are usually wrong

Fusion is tired of writers having their blinders on when discussing Millennials.

“It’s a white picture they’re painting,” says Vicky Checo, a Dominican-American Millennial whose family is scrounging and struggling to stay afloat. She – and by extension Fusion, which interviewed Checo for a story – wants America to look at Millennials as more than just middle-class white kids with a hefty amount of privilege.

This isn’t very different from what I previously wrote about: the navel gazing by Millennial writers who don’t seem to see what *else* is out there in America. Writers, and by extension content providers and lazy experts, will speak about Millennials in very broad terms: “they’re lazy, they’re entitled, they don’t care about their jobs and would rather open an artisan mayonnaise shop in Brooklyn than stick with Baby Boomers.”

Which is not true. Millennials are hard working, and not harder working than Boomers or the Generation X or the GI Generation. There’s no need to compare. They just work hard.

And Millennials aren’t entitled. Stop with that. They grew up in an era of wild technological change, coupled with a booming economy, and raised by parents who typically had more than their parents. There are different expectations and rules now than there were during Gen-X’s prime years, and during the Baby Boomers’ prime years, and so on and so forth. Times change; people change.

And poor and less-wealthy people are different. And rich and more-wealthy people are different. Conditions change. People are not black and white.

But we want to make general statements about generations; hell, the root “gen” indicates “a type of,” so yeah, we like to collect everything into one pot with an attempt at defining the entire meal. But within that pot, every taste and smell, every pocket of that meal is slightly different than the next. No two of anything are alike.

Even statistics can’t fully explain anything. There’s always variation. There’s always an outlier. But we allow the variations and outliers if the samples are generous and the information is backed by evidence.

So Fusion does a story on a couple Millennials in an attempt to show that not all Millennials are alike, and the narrative on Millennials is misguided. Well, yes, not all Millennials are alike, and yes, the narrative has a tendency to be misguided. The long view of this is to consider at all times that no Millennial is alike, and that we’re still learning this generation, and will be until long after the last of us has died.

Which will be in at least 85-90 years. So we have a while to go.