Generation Screwed? The Youth View

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Youth at Fancy Farm

Youth at Fancy Farm

The belly bloat of barbeque and mutton from the 132nd Annual Fancy Farm picnic has eased, and we’re basking in the comfortable chill of air conditioning instead of melting in the outdoor, triple-digit heat indices in Western Kentucky. We’ve had our fill of pork, pie, and politics after our weekend trek to the Jackson Purchase area.

KET intern and youth correspondent Kara Ferguson has penned her impressions of her first Fancy Farm picnic experience. You met Kara, who I’ve nicknamed “Fergie” after our road trip together, last week when she introduced herself as a guest blogger for “Prompter.”

Well, we couldn’t leave you hanging about what she thought. Her pointed essay from Fancy Farm about the concerns of her generation follows.

Kara’s views:

Tucked away in a small corner of Western Kentucky is the world’s largest one-day picnic. Fancy Farm is famous for its barbeque, scorching hot weather, and fiery political speeches. This year was no exception.

The crowd hissed and cheered from the sidelines as the politicians spoke of their opponents’ voting records or stance on certain key issues. The politicians addressed the adults in the crowd, but they seemed to be forgetting a generation.

Youth reaction at Fancy Farm

Youth reaction at Fancy Farm

They forgot the generation that will inherit the outcomes of the decisions made in this election. They forgot the generation that my peers and I belong to. They forgot the generation that could be screwed in the future. We are the generation that holds a college degree but has no job, a generation that has started asking, “Do you want fries with that?” just to pay back student loans.

Looking around the stands, young faces could be seen supporting both sides. The number of young kids and young adults showing support for candidates and engaging in the political theater was surprising. The youth present showed support with the signs they held, the t-shirts they sported, and the individuals they heckled. From time to time, their voices could be heard above the rest.

My generation wants to have its voices heard; we want the public to know how we feel about education costs, the current economy, and the job market. We want to make sure that we are not forgotten.

Generation screwed? Not if we have anything to say about it.

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