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Serving Young Rebel Baby Boomer Realness

Written by on July 16, 2020

Story By Chuck Tackett

Serving Young Rebel Baby Boomer Realness

” When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix, 1960s era singer

The demographics of Baby Boomers are people who were born between the years of 1946 to 1964.

Young Baby Boomers for the most part were idealistic in their beliefs of universal belonging, peace, and love. They protested against environmental pollution, police brutality, racism, war, and civil rights, to name a few. Some went as far as protesting for Gay rights and gender nonconformity. In other words, my generation, as young people, protested practically the same things Millennials and Generation Z folks are.

One of my fondest memories of non-conforming young Baby Boomers, besides the courageous 1970s Disco singer Sylvester, was the courage of 1980s hard rocker, Joan Jett, when she did a cover of 1960s singer Tommy James’s song “Crimson and Clover.”

Ms. Jett had me clutching my pearls on her video of that song when it played on MTV. She had a bitch gagging. (For my straight-laced friends, that’s a good thing.) She sang that love song and kept the lyrics as they were. It was a love song between a man and a woman. Ms. Jett didn’t change the lyrics, so it made it sound like she was singing a love song to a woman. That was a very brave thing to do in the early 1980s when lots of teenagers were watching MTV at the time.

I would love to think that the 1970s Disco singer Sylvester influenced her in some way.

In a 1994 interview with OUT magazine, Joan replied about her sexuality, “I am not saying no. I’m not saying yes. I’m saying believe what you want. Assume away -go ahead.”

I have to chuckle to myself as I am writing this article. I feel like I am tattling on my generation to my young readership.

Some of you aging Baby Boomer hookers need to have sunlight shine on your trifling. Evil. Greedy asses.

As the first Jewish Supreme Court judge Louis Brandies said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” 

Some of my fellow aging Baby Boomers who this applies to, paraphrasing Jimi Hendrix. Your love of power and money has replaced your power of love, you once had when you were young. You now are selfish, foul, and despicable. You have become jaded, forgetting the music we sang in our youth about making the world a better place and the protests we did. Color me immature, a rebel, and naïve all you want, because I refuse to think like you.

It is so wicked of you, that Millennials and Generation Z people have to plea and beg you to take action into saving this planet, amongst other concerns.

I hope my young readership realizes not all Baby Boomers are like them evil, greedy-assed, trolls. I firmly believe in the words of the 1960s singing group The 5th Dimension when they sang, “Aquarius, Let The Sunshine In,” from the hit musical “Hair.”

For now, we are in a dark period. There is always darkness before the dawn. We are in the last gasps of those in power who want to keep the status quo, and who refuse to open up their minds, and hearts for equality for all.

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