It’s the 4th day of riots in London, and not many people know what’s going, or what the riots are really about. The riots reportedly started when an alleged unarmed black youth was killed by the police in North London, a predominantly low-income area. Since, the riots have gotten bigger, attracting youth from all races and social class, and subsequently international attention.
People say the riots reflect the alienation and resentment of young Brits toward their government, and is meant to protest the lack of opportunities for a generation of youth. Reportedly, nearly a million people from the ages of 16 to 24 are unemployed in England, and this along with rising tuition, racism and general disenchantment, is causing the riots.
My generation, those born between 1981 and 1991, are numerous, but we have neither the privileges nor the opportunities that our parents and grandparents had. We have to trek it on our own, trying to figure out where we fit in, professionally and personally, and it’s not easy. If you’re like me, and you graduated college in the midst of a recession–2008–you have no clue where the jobs are. The employers are not what they used to be–long-term work is replaced with no-benefit contract work and many of us end up back in college, where high and rising tuition continue to plague us. We are continuing to do the hard work without the benefits, and many of us are angry.
Currently, I do contract work for a company, where the younger employees are all related to the older employees in the company, all except for me, who got in purely because one lady was willing to not hire a relative. I got lucky, but not many working class youth, who can’t rely on parents, are. So, where are the opportunities for working class youth, who are not related to someone who works in the company?
Jamie Cullum: Twentysomething: