Millennials vs. Black Millennials


When you hear the word millennial, often times it is closely followed by colorful words not limited to narcissistic, self-absorbed, and even slave to social media. Although universally accepted, when dissecting the psyche of today’s mid-80’s and 90’s babies, these sweeping generalizations fail to compensate for the vast racial, social and economic discrepancies. More specifically, it is important to differentiate between the overall description of a millennial, and the qualities that are exclusive to millennials in the Black community.

“Black Millennials in America” Source:Black Youth ProjectChallenges from womb to tomb dictate the overall contribution to the unfavorable yet unavoidable stigma surrounding a black millennial. Workplace prejudice, housing discrimination, and incarceration rates in are dramatically inflated in comparison to their white counterparts. Even the steady rise in tuition plays a role in stifling an entire subculture’s growth. And this epidemic is not unique to urban issues in poverty-stricken environments. Education is often stressed as the ultimate ticket to success, yet even a degree fails to eliminate the dilemma. Per the Atlanta Black Star, whites boast unemployment rates half that of their equally qualified black counterparts, along with an average student loan debt two times less than Black graduates. And to further compound the issue, despite having a degree, it was found that black households headed by a college-educated individual earn on average $52,147 a year. A white head-of-household with similar college credentials, however, was founded to have earned close to $95,000 on average.

Despite the negative connotations that often follow the average millennial, black 80s and 90s babies that are on the receiving end of these often unwarranted judgments have continued to shine their light despite the constant shade. Social media and the growth of social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter continue to thrive, and every day more African Americans are building their own brand to compensate for a lack of representation in today’s business sector.

Although some of the generalizations surrounding the upcoming generation might be warranted, it is imperative that these unavoidable discrepancies between minorities and their white counterparts be taken into account when discussing the downfalls of our modern black youth and their achievements despite systematic barriers.

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