Quotation by June Jordan

When we heard about the hippies, the barely more than boys and girls who decided to try something different ... we laughed at them. Smug in our certain awareness that ... communal life must be more difficult even than nuclear family life, which we know, to our very nerve endings, is disastrous, we condemned them, our children, for seeking a different future. We hated them for their flowers, for their love, and for their unmistakeable rejection of every hideous, mistaken compromise that we had made throughout our hollow, money- bitten, frightened, adult lives.
June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. Keynote address, 1978, Child Welfare League of America. "Old Stories: New Lives," published in Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989).
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