Overdramatic and Sensitive Need to Leave the Race Conversation

Two racially-fueled instances changed my life. The first, a white boy called me a monkey. The second, two white males repeatedly shouted nigger in the dorm room adjacent to mine, which led to a screaming match in the hallway. These incidents still exist in the millennial age. Yet, in America’s fight towards acceptance and equality, race relations remains a touchy, even maddening subject. Millennials often at the center of these complaints. Many exclaiming that we are overdramatic, destroying careers and livelihoods over something that could be clarified in a conversation.

How do we respond to racial sensitivity arguments? To the naysayers of back-door racism, micro-aggressions, and the blatant racism we deal with daily? We say we’re compassionate.

Millennials are underlying America’s foundation with compassion, defined as, “a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. When Millennials engage in the world dialogue of acceptance, we embrace others’ struggles. The courage to engage in a campus conversation on equality within higher education, to organize a LGBTQ dance protest in solidarity of marginalized people around the world, and to bring food and chargers to individuals held at the airport following President Trump’s executive ban are only a few examples of the Millennial generation molding the world they want to live in. To tread this balance of sympathy and action may be sensitive, but also necessary.

So, when you get pissed off and frustrated overhearing coworkers discuss the exploitation of persons of color and their communities for financial gain, racially offensive jokes, or even, a discussion on the inevitable politically incorrect Halloween costume trending on your Facebook newsfeed, don’t let anyone tell you to lighten up, or your generation is too whiny. You tell them, no, it’s called compassion.