Esquire magazine is running a series on what it is like to be a young person in the United States today. The first article: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a ... boy-at-17/
is about Ryan Morgan, a 17 year-old from Wisconsin. I have not yet read it, but I was planning on it as this has the potential to be an exciting series. I know that they will have other articles on different teenagers, though I don't know which ones or how many.
Anyhow, the first article led to an outraged twitter reaction, which is described and discussed by Rod Dreher here:
https://www.theamericanconservative.com ... te-moment/
As far as I can tell, people are pissed that they're discussing a white middle class heterosexual male first, or something. The argument goes that it's boring and that we already have enough of such stories.
It's really not a good look. I think that they'd have a point if it weren't a series, as you can't get one representative person, but it is a series. I pointed this out in a progressive community, the response I got was "why start with the white male?" which came off as an improvised response. Well, you gotta start somewhere. To be honest, this outrage is really great marketing for Esquire. They now have more people who will read the series, as people are finding out about it. I think that if they had started with a very thoughtful article of some Black teen, few would have read it. Negative feelings are simply stronger, particularly on the internet.
But I just hate the entire outrage shit. I don't know anything about this kid. Maybe he's an asshole. Maybe he's challenged in some way. I have no idea. Neither do they. But if they're not interested, they can just not read it. That would be fine.