Powerful. So badly needs be said. 🙂
‘Snowflake’ (sometimes ‘special snowflake’) is a slang term used in recent years, usually directed against “entitled” Millennials who complain about the America they inherited — one full of debt, minimum wage jobs, exhorbitant student loans they can never hope to pay back, and few opportunities.
The term “snowflake” has its roots back in the 1990s and early 2000s when Millennials were still schoolchildren. In those days, it was fashionable for teachers to recognize that “every child was special” and give awards and prizes just for participating, etc. so that no one would feel left out. A real snowflake is a common and unremarkable thing, as common as dust. But since, purportedly, no two snowflakes are alike, every snowflake is special.
Over time, “snowflake” became a pejorative term, intended to shame a person for allegedly wanting “special” (or in most cases, maybe just “fair” or “just”) treatment.
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