Young people’s relationship with politics is complex and problematized. We are seen both as the group who disengages politically, yet also at the forefront of major political movements. Yes youths are poltical, grown ups do not just know how to engage us into politics there is no secret in politics it is simply a matter of speaking on topics and issues that this demographic cares about. Historically, young people have not felt included in the political realm. The accusations that young people are politically apathetic are being refuted by countless new studies, but many in this generation are turning away from mainstream politics and towards political organizing, social movements, rallies and boycotts, people fail to nderstang that we yoths literally live fo the action. people fail to understand that we youths have a lot to say especially about politics they fail to understand that there is no right age or wrong age we have bright and had clear political ideas. The things that matter to us range from a lot of things from gun control to abortion rights. Young voters care about all the same issues that any other voter would care about. The difference is that young voters are not at the center of traditional politicians’ strategies.
Let’s move beyond the claim that we young people are either politically engaged or disengaged, to acknowledge that both can be simultaneously true. Power is constantly being withheld from young people, which limits and binds the type of organizing and political involvement they have, most thing we do is mostly seen as an evidence of apathy but the obstacles of electoral participation that we face are evn being ignored . It also ignores the distrust many young people feel towards traditional institutions of governance. Feeling disconnected from a process that is viewed as ineffective is not apathy. Especially when one considers how young people have been failed by political parties, including those that claim to represent us.
But when i think about the powe we hold is mostly on social media even though it has equal potential to do harm with the dissemination of misinformation, just think of how many human rights and environmental movements, leading climate strikes and you say we are not political. Young people have significant power and presence in the conversations taking place online and are a political force to be reckoned with. Youth movements have always shaped and informed politics. Some of the most significant leaders of our time began their activism as young people. But in this moment, where young people are fueled with the power of social media, their impact is minimal.
Basically we youths are political, we engage in politics and saying we do not kills the spirit we have left to even continue participating.
ARE YOUR VIEWS DIFFERENT FROM MINE, AREN'T YOUTHS POLITICAL?
HOW CAN WE MAKE YOTHS MORE POLITICAL, HOW DO WE MAKE POLITICS APPEALING TO YOTHS?
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