Calling us millennials is ageist, say Charlotte council’s young bucks

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Councillors in Charlotte, North Carolina, want to ban the word “millennial” in the chamber

The process of growing old is punctuated by bewildering encounters with doctors and officials who look young enough to be your children. But only in Charlotte, North Carolina, are the over-40s forced to contemplate their own mortality when looking at the city council.

There, in a startling generational shift, posts that were the preserve of pensioners and sixty-something neighbourhood watch chieftains have been seized by the young bucks.

The rise of these millennials, in elections late last year, has brought with it livestreaming of council meetings, podcasts about drainage and public housing interspersed with songs from the band Rage Against the Machine, and suggestions that the word “millennial” ought to be banished from the chamber.

“We self-selectively try not to use it, to say ‘new…

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