To the editor:
According to the letter of Mr. Reale of September 3 (“Why don’t young people participate in politics?”) regarding the lack of interest in politics, you may be happy to know that 18-29 year olds are active in politics. They are committed to the changing America that is definitely their future; not the resentful, whitewashed, unrealistic version of this country that the older generation clings to.
According to exit polls by the Center for Information and Research in Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Pew Research Institute, the youth vote turned out in record numbers, leading both President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama to victory . Young people may seem to have their noses buried in their cellphones, but when it comes to voting, they are racially and ethnically diverse and more religiously tolerant. They support activist causes such as the fight against climate change, racial and economic equality, and women’s rights. 69% support expanding the government’s role in solving America’s problems.
Engaged and informed young people were drawn to an enlightened and promising America as they voted for the first black president. But as conservative politicians emboldened an obvious and tight loop around Obama’s attempts to make changes and “to be awake”, the youth became discouraged and disillusioned. President Biden has restored hope that despite blatant racism, disregard for the environment, corporate greed, and hatred against LGBTQ people and women, a positive future still awaits them, even if there are north- older Americans stuck in their old, narrow-minded anger. and resistance
Young optimists are looking ahead and voting accordingly. We should support them to inherit a constructive and proactive future.