Posted by me on Gab with minor changes here:
There is a split within GenX that I noticed back in 1991, had in-real-life people confirm it over the years, and then recently commenters on blogs said that this matches their observations.
The split is between ~1960-1972 and 1973-1980 births. After that, Millennials start.
The shorthand for that early vs. late GenX split is “surfer/redneck youth culture vs. emo/black youth culture.” Those born c.1970 have said that they feel like they have more in common with people ten years older than three years younger than them.
The reasons for that split include MTV promoting black aesthetic starting in 1990, when latter-half GenXers were coming of age. Phasing out the earlier-half GenX muscle cars, long hair, guitar rock youth culture.
What makes the combined 1960-1980 generation GenX rather than late Boomers and early Millennials is that we missed the boat on Boomers’ macroeconomy while being too old to be imprinted by Millennials’ defining events, which are Columbine and 9/11.
GenX (early and late halves) is a generation in its own right but we’re a transitional generation. We’re like Boomers except cognizant of the present cataclysm; we’re like Millennials except that we remember pre-cataclysm America.
Psychologically we’re defined by this maxim: “We saw evil, we flinched, we never forgave ourselves for that.” That evil was the early ’90s and the Presidency of Bill Clinton.
Boomers feel no guilt. Millennials know nothing but evil.
Class of 1990 was regarded as nothing unusual. Class of 1992 was regarded as thugs n ho’s.
There was a split. We all knew each other, but we also knew that we were different. Two years apart, in the same High School. Lots in common. Different belief systems and life paths.
I saw it as rap culture, but it was largely all of Hollywood. In summary: Hollywood began pushing White Men = Weak Cowards by the end of the 80’s.
I’ll give an example with the Dukes of Hazard. With the original TV show, two fearless white men race around having a good time, helping those in need, and always being the best men on the scene. By the time the movie came out, they were shown visibly cowering in their car when they drove the Confederate flag past some ghetto blacks. No longer the best men on the scene.
That’s not reality, that’s just a Hollywood creation. A story. Hollywood tells stories. But as a culture we’d come to see Hollywood as the guiding voice in our lives (past tense: those days are long gone).
The difference between those two stories happened in the late 80’s. White Men could never be the best men on the scene if there were blacks present. That’s Hollywood’s message.
Class of 1992 heard that message loud and clear. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to be thugs n hos.
[Aside: This analysis is specific to North America. I’m not that familiar with, say, Western European particulars. Although Westerners worldwide consumed the products of Hollywood and the like, the circumstances of their countries were different. Several Eastern European countries were blessed with a baby boom around 1980. Western Europeans and Australians got acquainted with weaponized racial minorities a generation or two after Americans. South Africans got hit with open genocide twenty years ahead of the rest of us and they responded to it differently than I think we’re starting to handle it.]
The intra-Generation X split was particular to its time and lingered for another decade. Teenagers were taking their cues from corporate entertainment and over time that stuff loses its hold on culture. Not many youthful, middle class whiggers of the Nineties are that way now. The ~1960-1980 White, North American demographic came to be distinct from Boomers and Millenials.