Generational Change

Yearbooks as horror shows:

Although they may appear to be innocuous collections of school memories, yearbooks have fueled major political controversies in recent months. Whether it be the racist photograph of a student in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page or Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook jokes about drinking and sex, decades-old school publications have returned to public scrutiny for politicians, and it’s guaranteed that Northam’s will not be the last.

Why it’s shocking to look back at med school yearbooks from decades ago

If 50 year-old yearbook pages are horrifying now, will 50 year-old Facebook posts be equally horrifying to our children? My guess is probably not, but it is incredible to see what was normal 50 years ago, and remarkable how much has changed.

See also Grandma’s #MeToo Stories Fucking Horrifying.