Let us consider the generations of the last 100 years or so. We had the Lost Generation, which was the one whose numbers were decimated (or worse), by World War I. Then there was the so-called Greatest Generation, made up of people who survived the Great Depression and World War II. They were followed by the Silent Generation, who fought in Korea and the like. After them we got the Boomers, best known for protesting Vietnam and attending Woodstock. Finally we have the Millennials, best known for being the current popular generation, and the one that everyone wants to cater to.
What’s missing from this list? If you were born from about 1965 – 1985, you’re missing. Yes, the great missing generation is mine, Generation X.
Remember back in the 1990s when it was all about the X-ers? We came into our own as consumers and voters, and helped usher Bill Clinton into office (twice). Then the 1990s ended and everyone stopped caring about us, or even acknowledging our existence (possibly because too many of us voted for Nader in 2000). They raced to cover the aging Boomers and the up-and-coming Millenials, but we got ignored.
The media and the Millenials themselves like to, for example, pat themselves on the back for being so racially tolerant as to put a half-black person into the White House, and for bringing forth advancements in gay rights. These are certainly things that happened, but they only happened because the X-ers helped pave the way (and we need to remember that the path for us was laid by the Boomers). We were the ones who began to move the needle on things like gay marriage, for example.
The Millenials have done a lot of great stuff with continuing the groundwork done by the Boomers and the X-ers. But while the Boomers are still praised, the X-ers seem to have already ended up on the ash heap of history. We deserve better.