How our hard-right activists undermine millennial recruitment in our community


Wonders never cease in western Nevada County, where the left hand never knows (or cares) what the right hand is doing. We are supposed to be promoting a “young, old” economic-development strategy in our community: recruiting millennials, or adults around the age of 30 looking for a less dense, more affordable area to live, as well as the entrepreneurial retirees from the ages of 55 to 65.

But you’d never know that from reading the local hard-right political blogs dominated by angry curmudgeons. In a recent post, George Rebane praises a recent article in The Atlantic titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

It basically argues that “scholarship” is suffering at the hands of emotional sensitivity on college campuses.

What Rebane ignores is that others feel that feeling safe and respected is a prerequisite for any learning environment. More details are here.

In fact, what the millennials are complaining about is the insidious remnants of American bigotry, known as “microaggressions.” More details are here.

Donald Trump is a master of the “microaggression,” along with some of our local hard-right bloggers and commenters.

“Microaggressions, as these academics describe them, are quiet, often unintended slights — racist or sexist — that make a person feel underestimated on the basis of their color or gender,” as Time magazine explains.

But to Rebane and his commenters it’s all a big joke. “This is turning into Berkeley East,” writes “Walt,” on Rebane’s blog. Or “What are these soft shelled snowflakes (SSS) going do when it is time to get a job?” writes Russ Steele. Or “They have the EEOC Russ,” writes Todd Juvinall.

What sound-minded millennial would want to come here when they read this foolish commentary? What a drag on our community.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “How our hard-right activists undermine millennial recruitment in our community”

  1. This is as important a topic in our community as any. If you had asked me 30 years ago if I was racist, I would emphatically said ‘NO’. If I had been accused of any form of bigotry, I would have been crushed and denied it.

    In recent years, looking back, with some of my words and actions, I realized that I was being microaggressive. I didn’t know the term until this article, but I know the actions.

    Our community is alive and well with this mindset. I’ve tried to explain it to students & people in general and they really don’t understand what I’m talking about. I wouldn’t say there’s a conscious/sinister plot to offend; it’s pure unadulterated ignorance. Our community just doesn’t ‘get out much’.

  2. Chris,
    I think you hit the nail on the head in the last paragraph. You are an exceptional parent and school teacher, and your sons and students are benefitting from your honesty and introspection. Congratulations again to Max for his admission to UC San Diego in math and computer science. It shows what is possible in our community despite the challenges.

  3. Well, thanks for the kind words, but no, I’m not exceptional; I’m observant. There are many discussions our community needs to have and this is one of them. As I’ve written before, we seem to be in denial of who we are. And, until we come to that realization, I don’t see the necessary changes occurring.

  4. You are more than just observant because you have identified the issue as well as the need to address it. Meanwhile, it is costing us.

  5. I’m disappointed that you started the article with a dig at the left. We’ve greatly increased our visibility on line and in the community over the last few years. Yes, we don’t spend our time answering the far-right blogs, but many of us spend lots of time in organizations that work for the good of all.

    1. Margaret, You’re missing the point. The “dig” is that there is a community mindset that has to change before change can happen. Re-read the article and the posts before you’re ‘disappointed’.

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