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Posters in Support of Bigotry

In Youth Rights on December 24, 2016 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

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In Washington, D.C., there are posters in bus shelters in support of the ageist drinking age. The posters say “the legal drinking age is 21”. That is hate speech. That drinking age is age discriminatory against young people who are 18-20 years old. Supporting a discriminatory law is also supporting discrimination in general. The government and certain¬†organizations are trying to reinforce the brainwashing of people of this country. Their aim is to reinforce the ageist drinking age of 21. The reason why the drinking age continues to have high support is because of the government and organizations. From the government, it is from websites, such as dontserveteens.org. Ageist organizations include the Century Foundation and MADD. Shamefully as well, alcoholic beverages companies donate to them.

People in the U.S. should be past supporting an age discriminatory drinking age. The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Young people should have their civil rights recognized. This includes not only with alcoholic beverages but with getting hotel rooms and Cannabis. The legacy of a hate group, MADD, implementing an ageist drinking age in the 1980s deserves to be gone. Organizations which go around putting posters in support of the drinking age are shameful organizations. Those organizations are trying to support the oppression of young adults who are 18-20 years old. Junk science and ageist bigotry also continue to support the drinking age. Instead of posters in support of this oppression, there should posters in support of the civil rights of young people. However, I think this is above most Americans in this decade.

 

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3 Responses to “Posters in Support of Bigotry”

  1. Speaking of the gambling age, the (ageist) law doesn’t even let people who are under 21 years stand or loiter near slot machines or on the main casino floors. I think this age restriction (standing and loitering near slot machines and on casino floors), along with the one to enter bar areas of restaurants and certain bars (by the way this age restriction is also set at 21), should be abolished.

    Another aspect of youth rights is recognizing the right to an educational choice.

    Freedom To Learn blog on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn

    School Survival: http://www.school-survival.net/index.php

    Freedom To Learn and School Survival focus on children’s, tweens’ and teens’ right and freedom to learn and right to an educational choice. They both mention the oppressive nature of public schools and the fact that they are compulsory (i.e.; forced) only adds to that. Freedom To Learn also mentions work versus play, hunter gatherer cultures with their egalitarian nature and attitude toward play, and age-mixed play and how public schools discourage that.

  2. National Youth Rights Association: http://www.youthrights.org

    1) NYRA’s drinking age page:
    http://www.youthrights.org/issues/drinking-age/
    2) NYRA’s voting age page: http://www.youthrights.org/issues/voting-age/

    NYRA has a position for lowering the drinking age from 21 and lowering the voting age from 18. The starting point In lowering the voting age from 18 is to lower it to 16, and some cities and towns in the US have successfully lowered their voting age to 16.

    Choose Responsibility: http://www.chooseresponsibility.org

    The Choose Responsibility website advocates for lowering the drinking age to 18 and empowering 18-20 year old people to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol.

    Here is one step to take in order to recognize the rights of young people (children, tweens, teens, and young adults). Any law with a minimum age above 18, like the cannabis smoking age (21 years), the drinking age (21 years), the gambling age (21 years), the hotel check-in age (21 years), the car rental age (25 years), should be lowered to 18.

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