Is Nanna A Bigot?
This is a question voting age young adults might be asking if they have watched television journalist interview older people or more specifically old white people.
The recent ad on television, “You’ll Be there, I won’t” a satirical nudge to get young voters to the polls, while humorous, unfortunately, reinforces negative conceptions about older people.
Televised focus groups with a cross-section of regional voters conducted by an earnest-faced journalist typically include the area curmudgeon, usually male who is an avowed Trump supporter. His female counterpart most often is a retired woman, who hasn’t changed her hairstyle since the Truman administration.
As an older white woman, it is presumed I am a Trump supporter, guilty by association, an assumption that fills me with outrage.
I can’t claim that I know multitudes of old people, but I know quite a few.
None of them voted for Trump.
Most of them voted for Obama, both times.
None of the Nanna’s I know are racist.
Most are in favor of universal healthcare.
Many are pro-choice.
We are not in favor of a border wall.
We’ve seen the effects of fascism.
Most of us are in favor of legalizing marijuana. (Believe it or not, some older people smoke pot.)
We believe assault rifles belong on the battlefield. We grew up and lived most of our lives in an era before people were permitted to carry guns. Now we have church, school, mall, and road rage shootings.
We support separation of church and state, ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
We couldn’t give a rip less about who someone marries or which bathroom they use.
Please dismiss any concern you might have about Nanna being a bigot.
If you hang around an older white person long enough there is a good chance you will find a liberal snowflake who wouldn’t be caught dead in a red MAGA ball cap.