Y'a une semaine (ou plus) que la couverture du Sudbury Star avait une grande image de quelques jeunes Sudburois qui skateboardaient. Quelques jours plus tard, quelqu'un a commenté que cela était inaproprié car le journal de ville devrait démontrer les images politiques. Ma réplique (letter of the day for June 2nd):
Name: Josée Guimond
Comment: Re: Better Photos Than Skateboarding Teens.
Let's take a look at all the advertisements that represent the City of Greater Sudbury. We see adorable children playing and sweet elders enjoying retirement. These are two wonderful aspects of our city and they are great to show off, as they make us look so compassionate. However, there are many generations between those that are being forgotten and even ignored.
I, as teenager that reads The Sudbury Star on a daily basis, enjoyed seeing a picture of guys a few years younger than me, doing what they like to do: skateboard. I thought to myself, “maybe they (adults) do care!” My little brother even said, “cool.”
Now, how often do we see pictures of adults getting out and exercising if it isn’t for walks to support local charities? Or just plain old hanging out with friends on a sunny day? Then we have someone saying that my generation isn't worthy of a cover because the image isn’t political.
But you know what? Skateboarding is political. Punk and metal shows are political. Tagging is political. It’s a way of saying: “Look at how much you screwed up, and now, what do we have to care for? We’re going to do what we want, what makes us happy. We’d rather have a life than a living.”
Negativity toward youth is part of a vicious cycle. But every individual is able to dismantle “adultism” – if you want to, if you see something in us worth liking.
It really, really hurts to know we’re only wanted for monetary reasons — to ensure economic balance when the boomers get old.
If I felt appreciated as a youth in this city, then maybe I’d consider sticking around. Wouldn’t it be nice for Sudbury to be a city where we all belong?
alors, que pensez-vous au sujet de l'oppression des adultes? c'est un maudit grand sujet.. where do you want to start?