My first thought after reading last week’s letter “Boomers begat ‘a legacy of protest’” was to think it was so off base it didn’t even deserve a rebuttal. However, the more I considered, the more compelled I became to point out the holes in the writer’s flawed logic.
The writer says that the baby boomers who protested in the 1960s were disrespecting, rejecting and protesting their parents’ “Greatest Generation.” On the contrary, the boomers’ beliefs were a continuation of the very same ideals their parents had fought for. It should never be forgotten that Americans who fought in World War II to eliminate the oppression of people in other countries did so from within our own segregated armed forces.
The writer compares baby boomer protesters to spoiled children throwing temper tantrums. I hardly think that putting their lives at risk would qualify as such. Indeed, just like their parents' generation, some even made the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed in.