Young people in America today — or really young people living anywhere in the western liberal world — are often considered to be the most tolerant generation in the history of humanity.
This reputation makes sense. Since millennials have come of age, started voting, and in some cases ran for office, we’ve seen rights for LGBT folks expanded in one way or another, and there is a constant lip service paid to civil rights and social justice.
Before we move on, we just want to say that this isn’t necessarily a problem in and of itself: it’s a good thing that people are being left alone to live their lives as they see fit. At the end of the day, this is the American experiment being realized. The first European settlers arrived here because they wanted to live their lives a certain way, and over the centuries our culture has evolved to extend that to other groups. It makes sense.
Apparently, however, many young people today seem to believe that this crusade of tolerance is going too far. According to the survey reviewed below, more and more young people feel less comfortable interacting with LGBT folks, something USA Today is calling “alarming.”
This is leading many people to ask themselves: “how did this happen?”
And this is pretty easy to answer, as Carl Benjamin — known online as Sargon of Akkad — is about to demonstrate.