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Ms. Lahren Is At It Again-Making Millennials Look Bad

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Photograph from usmagazine, 2016

Unfortunately, it appears as if our education system has let down our students in a grotesque way. As an educator I feel ashamed of what we have accomplished in the past few decades. Quite frankly our Millennials are largely devoid of critical thinking skills, choosing to go with raw gut emotion over logic a larger portion of the time. I witness this same type of thinking semester after semester, and I attempt to coach my young adult students into more logical lines of thought, but those attempts usually leave many in this generation of students frustrated or angry with me.

Interestingly enough, national news reporters are now reporting that our current Commander in Chief personally called Ms. Lahren recently to thank her for her fair reporting. Huh? Figures.

Tomi Lahren, in my opinion, is simply another example of a Millennial, a label she likes to repeatedly boast about, gone to the wayside where a sound mind is concerned; I can only surmise that her university failed her too. The idea that someone who is underdeveloped in both factual based knowledge and logic based argumentation skills is given a platform from which to spew her ineptness to the sound of ferocious applause is disheartening, to say the least.

Her criticism of the left is astounding, given that she purports to perceive all criticism as equally worthy, or at least that is the lie that she tells her audience, and perhaps herself, at some points in time, while at other points in time she criticizes the criticizers with robust fervor, undermining her initial stance on equal play and respect for good criticism.

What is even more disheartening with regard to this particular young lady’s belief system is that she repeatedly professes that all comments are equally worthy of appreciation and support, when in fact all comments and thoughts are simply not equally worthy within the realm of intellectual engagement.

While I appreciate learning of alternate points of view because I believe that various points of view can lead to engaging conversations, interesting perspectives that I have not considered, and the development of wonderful solutions to problem solving initiatives, to name a few, I draw the line at comments which are intended to harm my fellow citizens by instigating oppressive behavior within our culture.

Now my guess is that for some Americans, those who are now complaining about feeling marginalized, having the notion of privilege diminished when you are so used to relishing in it must feel a wee bit like oppression, but I assure you that it is not. Try to think of it more in the following way: you are beginning to feel what it is like to be treated more like an equal and less like a favored child in the family, which can certainly feel unsettling.

Morality involves doing the right thing, even when the right thing does not benefit you, and that notion, again, appears to have slipped through Miss Lahren’s big brain. Additionally, morality involves understanding that the right thing involves making the most fair-not equal-decision for the least of us. As a White woman, I can tell you that the decision to try to view things from another perspective can be heartbreaking because it requires you to deeply examine who you are and what your representation in the world means for others. However, beyond admitting to things that you wish were not true and acknowledging the truth that other people speak even when the speech offers harsh critique of your own social space, doing the right thing is relatively easy.

When someone tells me that the world is not fair, I know that the statement is true, so why should I argue the point? When someone reminds me that I cannot relate to their lived experience as a minority group member, I know that the statement is true, so why should I argue the point? When someone tells me that they have been treated poorly in the past because they are a member of a racial minority group, member of the LGBTQ community, live with a mental or physical limitation, and so on, I know the statement is true because I have lived long enough to witness the world, and in particular the relations of people within my own country, so why should I argue the point? I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I think Miss Lahren just likes to argue because it helps her to maintain a higher paying job than the average American, regardless of social location.

In short, there is no reason for me to deny the claims mentioned previously other than to assert my superiority over those telling their stories of lived realities as though I can better explain their particular experiences. Or perhaps a denial is an attempt to remind others that I live in a meritocracy, where hard work is the name of the game and nothing else matters. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where people like Tomi Lahren sit in moral judgment and condemn the least of us because she earned her right to sit in that space, and her perch is certainly in no way the result of being a privileged young White female who spouts nonsense and irrational comments meant to inspire anger and hatred, thus allowing her a never ending audience base. Was that sarcasm? Sorry.

When Miss Lahren discusses the violence of some protesters without discussing the violence of other protest circumstances, it is most likely because she adheres to her privileged worldview rather than a worldview based on equality. Why wouldn’t she rely on her lived experiences rather than objective information to cast her comments? Let’s not forget that she is a broadcast journalism degree holder, after all.

While Miss Lahren is very critical of the violence associated with protests, she offers her criticism with an uncritical mind, yet again. The recent protest involving the pipeline illustrated violence when the police turned rubber bullets and water cannons on protesters during freezing temperatures; this would be an act of violence regardless of protester behavior. When people screamed, spit and threw things at children trying to integrate the school system, all of those things were acts of violence (and with no clearly defined leadership, I might add), again, regardless of behavior. When police used dogs, water cannons, disgusting language, and the physical assault of protesters during the civil rights era, those things were also acts of violence, once more, regardless of the behavior of protesters.

Violence usually takes place in all kinds of protest situations, either in terms of unruly protester behavior or police based violence directed at protesters. Somehow, though, I think that Miss Lahren likely finds that the latter kind of violence is acceptable because it is directed at the right people. Even more, assembly is allowed in this country and should be appreciated by great supporters of the First Amendment such as Miss Lahren.

Heads up people, I suspect that you are being played by someone who is a product of the “everyone gets a trophy regardless of effort” generation; you all should hold Miss Lahren to a higher standard of journalism. At a bare minimum you should require Miss Lahren to demonstrate the elements of journalistic integrity (i.e., truthfulness, accuracy, impartiality, objectivity, fairness and public accountability), something that does not appear to be part of her journalistic past. Or is factual politically based journalism what she really gets paid to do? My guess is that her bank account runneth over because she signed on to espouse separatists ideas meant to divide the nation.

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