Tennessee State University

Opinion:The Generational Gap: The Black Revolution Then and Now

By Victoria Gourdin
Meter Staff Writer

 

When talking about a generational gap about issues, it is relatively straight forward.  It is a difference of opinion or outlook between people of different generations.
However, many people are quick to disregard the importance of the opinions and points of view of those of us in prior generations, according to Dr. Harrison Foy, a veterinarian and an alumnus of TSU.
For people who grew up in his generation, one of the first things that come to mind regarding change is the absence of slavery and the need for a Civil Rights Movement.
However, the younger generation may argue that we live in a modern day form of slavery; the only difference is that you cannot see the shackles and the “masters” wear business suits. For that reason, the black revolution is so important now because without it, we will slowly regress back into slavery.
One of the bigger differences that Dr. Foy noticed was the “lack of love and respect for authority and elders.” He went on to say that the young men especially need to step up and start taking more responsibility in today’s movement. It requires physical, mental and economical support.
If young people decide not to step up and speak out, this generation will have to deal with the ugly consequences. Everything that prior generations went through would be for naught, he said. While the thought of being thrust back into any form of slavery is a scary and unwanted one, Dr. Foy did acknowledge the power of the black revolution today.
 Movements in his era happened because of what took place in the area surrounding him. The same could be said about movements today. Many black people are fed up with being gunned down like dogs on the street. Innocent lives have been taken. People are now waking up to the racism that still exists in America.
Despite the fact that the two generations seem eons apart, they are very similar.
“Even though you’re in a fight, don’t fight with ignorance and violence but with education,” Dr. Foy said.
When people think of the black community, lots of people think of ghettos and underprivileged people who have no future. However, our generation can start implementing change. Our generation can bring back the positive connotation when it comes to the black community.
We have all taken a step in the right direction. Simply going to college and working toward a future will help counteract some of the problems in today’s society.


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