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Opinion

Unmotivated in the basement? A millennial responds

It’s easy enough to lump an entire generation together and label them lazy, as columnist Jennifer Graham did today on the Globe’s op-ed page. Her incendiary column proved once again the ease with which we millennials — the generation of Americans born between about 1980 and 2000 — can become a target by doing almost nothing to deserve it. Fine, we’ll take responsibility for Miley Cyrus. But Generation Y is the most educated and ethnically, culturally diverse one in the country’s history.

In talking about us, older Americans need to be willing to look past the couple of kids they happen to know who embody some imaginary millennial stereotype. If 6 million young people are indeed neither working nor studying not long after the worst recession in decades, it’s not because millennials are spoiled brats with no motivation.

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