I am a proud member of Generation X, but who are we? We are the generation born right after the Baby Boomers, Oreo creme-fillinged between them and the Millennials. Pew Research Center gives the birth years of Gen X as: 1965-1980. Gallup: 1965-1978. MetLife and McCrindle Research Center: 1965-1976.
We had less parental supervision (aka "Latchkey Kids"), we dealt with the shifting social norms of the post-Civil Rights, post-Vietnam, post-Disco, and post-Hippy era. We gave you grunge, indie films, hip-hop at its most refined--hell, Urban Outfitters sells our former culture to Millennials via toxic nostalgia. But we, as a people, are forgotten.
My boy Ed calls us "the only generation no one really cares to market to." I'm not sure why. Not that this is the end all one all of existence, but damn. Many of us have advanced degrees, own our homes, have children (some college aged), and have sloughed off enough of our emotional and social baggage that we're pretty content with who we are. That's on an individual level.
This is worth the perusal. Douglas Coupland popularized the term with this
There is very little scholarship on Generation X POC. Maybe that is my next project. Hmmmmm...
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I want to thank Heidi J. Lawson, Max Nomad, and James Sarria for their contributions to this week's episode.
Here is a link to Heidi's new film, "Hit-A-Lick."
Here is a link to James' GoFundMe campaign. My man is trying to be the best sustainability and social change agent he can be via his graduate work and his work with the UnSchool in Sn Francisco. If you can, throw a couple coins his way.