As a W,W,II baby and a red diaper baby, I felt like an anomaly as an
activist in the late 60's and early 70's mostly. (before them i was
rasing babies, but that's another story.) I didn't run into too many my
age. Most of my friends were 7-10 years younger.
But recently i had an experience that might be of interest. I do
diversity/sensitivity training and was hired by the Racine Police
Dept.(Racine, WI.) to give a workshop for all of their officers- 300
Anyway, I found that their response was definitely by age: the most
progressive group were baby boomers, followed by some of the young
officers maybe, 22-27, but the other half of this age group acted almost
completely disinterested and apolitical. But the worst group, those men
who openly scoffed or ridiculed me and my message were mostly officers of
my own age group, over 55. Didn't do much for confidence in my age
One last thing-I agree with what Marty had to say about our patriotism
and our greater sense of hope and of perhaps a more conservative social
agenda. .I do think there is a difference in how you see the world if you
were born pror to or during WWII. For some of us, that difference was
still expressed in radical politics but sadly, for most of my generation,
it seems to be expressed conservatively.
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