Young Adults Should Get More Rights

In Youth Rights on April 1, 2015 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Enforcement of the ageist drinking age can be overzealous. Last month, a young man from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville experienced police brutality from Alcohol Bureau Control police officers. In the video which shows his arrest, his face had blood because of their actions. In 2013, a young woman from the same university experienced excessive force when ABC police officers were in a sting operation. The police officers thought that she was carrying wine but the young woman was carrying sparking water. The sting operation was done the same way as in action movies. Many law enforcement agencies are zealous in enforcing the drinking age. This country’s culture supports punitive strategies to deny young adults the right to drink responsibly. Law enforcement agencies should be held accountable in this regard.

The culture in this country should support the idea of a drinking age of 18. Currently, the culture is intolerant of young people. TV channels show ageist programs about young people. Those programs were created because of this country’s intolerance of young people. Young women and young men should be given the same attention to police brutality and excessive force as other groups receive. Since enforcement of the drinking age of 21 is intrinsically ageist, then it is important that young adults receive the same rights as other groups.

There are two terrible truths about the drinking age of 21.The first truth is that this ageist drinking age became national in the 1980s because of ageist opinions which still remain common. The second truth is that many law enforcement agencies go after “underage” drinking as if it was one of the most serious crimes. The popularity of the ageist drinking is one of two reasons why many police departments do this. The other reason for the strong enforcement is because of this society’s intolerance of young people. Young women and young men who are 18-20 should not be a target of ageist laws and heavy handed police officers. The drinking age should be lowered to 18.


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