Ageism

Complaining about the drinking age is pretty easy to do as a 20 year-old college student.

“Why can’t I drink if I can die for my country?” says every college freshman in the country.

But I wanted to dedicate this post to the entire concept of ageism in America.

It’s easy for lawmakers to segregate against the younger demographic because, unlike race/religion/gender, age is always changing, always growing. People forget being told they couldn’t drink, couldn’t run for office, couldn’t see an R-rated movie.

The double standard of age and societal standing is pretty unbelievable, but it flies under the the radar. As soon as an individual turns 16, he or she can be tried as an adult in North Carolina courts, but can’t drive after 9 p.m. until at least 16 and a half (usually longer). 18-20 year-olds complain about the drinking age, but can’t run for office till 25 — how is this segment of the population supposed to be able to change the rule they are so against if they cannot even break into the governing body until after the issue is nonexistent? What if a 20 year-old won an election? Is that not what the people wanted and the point of democracy as a whole?

This was never intended to be a rant, but it’s a viewpoint that has been pushed to side too often. The laws dictate how people in that gray area in between adult and minor are classified, except it is always to benefit one side.

Got caught robbing a house and you’re 17? The court certainly thinks you are mature to be an adult.

You’re 18 and we are in the middle of a war? Oh well, you’ve finished high school! Go grab a gun, son.

What’s that? You would like to be involved in the decision to send troops, like yourself? Well that’s handled by the powers-that-be in D.C. and you aren’t old enough to run office yet.

Two Coronas? Sorry kid, we don’t serve minors, even if you are a veteran.

In ten years, I will probably read this and laugh. Why would I write about this? Everyone has to deal with a couple of years of shittiness — it’s just a part of life.

But it doesn’t have to be. This country needs to pick an age, whether it be 16, 18, 21 or 25, that is the official switch, from child to adult. Until then, there will always be disgruntled 20 year-olds.

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