Generation Z has become one of the most politically engaged and outspoken groups of voters in America within the past four years. Thanks to advancements in technology and social media, the younger generation is not only able to better communicate with each other on all political issues currently occurring in the US, but also encourage one another to not remain silent on injustices just because older generations assume they hold the power.
Billie Eilish has been a major leader for the generation. At just 18-years-old Eilish has already won 5 Grammys and truly made a name for herself in the industry. She recently performed at this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention where she then followed the performance by encouraging her fans to vote in the November election, and vote Trump out of office.
“You don’t need me to tell you things are a mess, Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and Covid, not deny them.”
Eilish then went on and stated that America needs a leader who is able to fight against the systems of racism and inequality that run the country. Her tone was serious and pointed to let her fans know that so much is at stake this November. “Silence is not an option, we all have to vote like our lives and the world depends on it – because they do.”
Climate change was at the heart of many speakers’ speeches, as before the Covid-19 pandemic, the environment was one of the biggest issues surrounding the election. Donald Trump has made it very clear that he’s not a firm believer in climate change in general, and even went as far as to remove all information relating to climate change from the White House website.
Another major political issue that was brought up by generation Z political activist Emma González is gun control. González is a survivor of the Parkland School shooting and has been famously fighting for stricter gun control laws in America ever since. She spoke of the many classmates she lost that tragic day in 2018 and how it really could’ve been anyone’s son, daughter, nephew, brother, etc. because it has been so many other times in America.
“I can’t do this anymore, I can’t sit by and watch the news treat these shootings like acts of God, gun violence isn’t just going to stop until there’s a force fighting harder against it. We’re going to make this change.”
Dominican-American singer Prince Royce also performed and spoke at the DNC this week. He sang a Spanish cover of “Stand By Me” and then addressed Generation Z directly, especially Latinx individuals, encouraging them especially to vote in November.
The rest of the third night of the DNC featured a performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Jennifer Hudson and speeches from former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and former President Barack Obama. All speeches centered around the same central message; vote Trump out, but most importantly, just go vote.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.