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The story we tell about millennials -- and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen

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Millennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US -- but far too often, they're reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked stories of millennials of color, offering a broader, more nuanced view of the generation. "Millennials are not a monolith," she says.

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What do millennials’ mannerisms actually reveal?

Sometimes, the mannerisms reveals patterns that they are scared, troubled, and unsure of the future.

On the surface, how are millennials portrayed?

Today, millennials are portrayed as being arrogant, self-centered, and convinced that they are smarter than what people give them credit for.

What are some positive qualities that millennials are known for?

Some qualities include an entrepreneurial spirit, an independent streaks, and dedication to their parents. They believe in hard work and have tried different gigs in economies, but haven’t had luck. So, they still dance between both worlds.

What does quick money give to people?

In a country where money equals power, quick money only gives young men and women a sense of control over their lives for a little while.

Why should older generations listen to millennials?

Millennials are always told that they can be whatever they want to be if they work hard, but no one sits down to listen to their dreams or struggles. We need to listen in order to have a healthy and civil society moving forward.

What is one positive step for millennials?

One positive step is that 84% of young millennials were taught by their families that everyone should be equal. Yet, only 37% of that group talk about race within their families.

How should millennials' stories be told?

They should be shared in a multitude of ways. One is by a range of voices that talk about diverse nuance topics that should be listened to. Reniqua states this is not just including America, but all around the world since millennials make up 27% of the world’s population.

What do some stories reveal to us in society?

It’s the stories that are quieter and more subtle that often reveal the unique and untold stories of black millennials that show how dreaming may differ between communities.

How can we be a better country and world?

All millennials of color need to be told and listened to in order to be a better off country and world. As the baby boomers age, the millennials come to prominence. Leaving out voices of millennials will only increase division.