Dear everyone: enough with this "millenials are whiny and entitled" bullshit

I have just about had it with drive-by generalizations like this one from Sarah Lacy, is a post about (of all things) Oracle:

Millenials are coming into the workforce and the generation has an amazing capacity to demand the world revolve around their desires, whether that’s reasonable or not.

Or this tweet [sic] and accompanying post by Above the Law:

Students sue law school for grading them on a curve. Yes mellinals are just that weak: -EM

At least once a month, something happens that makes millennials seem insufferable. It’s like we’ve bred an entire generation of people who can’t take criticism. It’s an entire generation that hasn’t watched the Godfather and doesn’t understand the phrase “it’s business, not personal.” When they fail, they don’t redouble their efforts; instead, they get their feelings hurt, make excuses, and whine and complain to anyone who will listen.

Let's get several things straight, here. The generation of people born in the so-called "developed world" in the 80s and the 90s are facing an inherited recession and staggering loss of wealth, paucity of opportunity, massive and rising inequality, enormous student loan debt, social immobility, a capricious labour market (jobs for life? what? defined benefit pension plans who?) and an uncertain geopolitical outlook. And they are contending with a steady stream of invectives from the very same baby boomers who are holding on to their extensive and expensive entitlements for dear life - all but ensuring they will be the last generation to benefit from them.

So even if Gen-Yers were anywhere near as whiny as the commentariat  make out -- and they avowedly are not -- who the hell could blame them?

As a journalist far greater than I will ever be remarked in 2001:

10 years of martial law and a war-time economy are going to feel like a Lifetime to people who are in their twenties today. The poor bastards of what will forever be known as Generation Z are doomed to be the first generation of Americans who will grow up with a lower standard of living than their parents enjoyed.

That is extremely heavy news, and it will take a while for it to sink in. The 22 babies born in New York City while the World Trade Center burned will never know what they missed. The last half of the 20th century will seem like a wild party for rich kids, compared to what's coming now. The party's over, folks. The time has come for loyal Americans to Sacrifice. ... Sacrifice. ... Sacrifice. That is the new buzz-word in Washington. But what it means is not entirely clear.


Related: Heather McGhee on the Millennial Generation - Vimeo