Often times, Millennial are portrayed as lazy, dependent, obsessed with their phones, and without a care for the world around them. I’m not 100% about that description, but all stereotypes come from some realistic example, especially one like that.
I used to argue that I was a Millennial. I was born in 2000, just months after the turn of the millennium. So in theory, that made me a Millennial through and through. But recently, I’ve determined that I really belong in the post-Millennial generation, whose name I am going to call the Deltas (from a New York Times article discussing the name of this generation).
After the Parkland shooting, a number of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stood up to take political action to make sure their school was the last to have any such shooting. They are true Deltas.
In math, the symbol of Delta signifies change. Often, it is change in direction, distance, or time. For people, to be a Delta means that they not only adapt to change, but they create change as well.
If you force nearly 20 companies to cut ties with powerful political group before you vote for the first time, you’re a Delta. If you get a big name senator to change his position on gun control, you’re a Delta. And if you can force CNN to give you and your community a town hall to face your elected officials, you’re a Delta.
The leaders of the Never Again movement have thrust the power of Deltas into the spotlight. And we’re not going anywhere.
Deltas have come up in a strange period. We don’t remember 9/11 or Columbine, but we can only remember the country being at war (either in Afghanistan or Iraq) and having school shootings as commonplace in our childhoods. The first president many of us can remember is black. Strong political division is normal to us. And we’re all afraid of climate change, because we’ll be the ones to actually deal with the problems.
I’m hoping to see a shift soon in the view of older Americans on Deltas. As I’ve moved about the political world, people don’t tell me that I shouldn’t be involved in the way that some have told the Never Again kids to stand down, but instead they always appear shocked at how much I know about politics and how much motivation I have to make change.
But it’s not supposed to be surprising for young people to care. We don’t get to make the decision while those decisions impact us most directly. We’re great communicators, having grown up with social media (it’s not all bad, you know).
When Deltas are fully able to vote, you best believe that we’ll be permanently changing the voting demographics of the country. While Millennials don’t care and just want to sit in aesthetic coffee shops and moan about it being hot outside, Deltas will be voting and making change. Because that’s what we’ve grown up to be ready to do.
For Deltas, the hope becomes that the next generation can be called Statics, as they won’t need to change anything, as we’ll make the right change to set the country and world on track. I’m trying to do my part. Some of us (like Emma Gonzalez) already have over a million followers on Twitter because we’re trying to make change.
So if you’re older than the Deltas, get out of our way. We’re a tsunami rushing towards a destroyed society ready to create a clean slate.