Typed by Edwin Bonilla
On the same day as the Presidential election, there will be a referendum in a Massachusetts town to lower the drinking age for beer and wine to 19. The referendum is non-binding, but it is a step in the right direction. The youth rights activist who petitioned for the referendum is a supporter of the National Youth Rights Association. I give credit to this activist and to the National Youth Rights Association. We in the youth rights movement want the referendum to pass but we live in a society which is against young people.
For decades, the media has been showcasing negative stereotypes against young people. News outlets prefer to call out the crimes of young people while the crimes of middle-aged people are ignored. TV Shows portray young people as a troubled group of people. The government has also been against young people. Since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act is a federal law, the government has created propaganda in order to prop op that oppressive law. As a result, a majority of people in this country see young people as less than human beings. A majority of people see young people as a group who ought to be restricted in every aspect of life. These are the conditions which would make such referendums fail.
I do not wish to see the referendum fail but I believe this will the result. This is a society, regardless of ideology, which believes that young people should have less rights. Young people who are 18-20 years old have every right that a person who is 21 years old should have, including: drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking Cannabis, smoking cigarettes, gambling, getting a hotel room, getting a credit card and getting married without parental consent. Those are the some of the objectives of the youth rights movement. We need to protect and expand those rights. Otherwise, young people will be living in a totalitarian state of mind.