Will our democracy ever mature enough to consider the wisdom of our youth?

Congratulations on reposting the article on higher education unions testifying to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the perceived premise that antisemitism is driving the protest at various universities. The ongoing war in Gaza and Oct. 7, Hamas invasion seem to be the tools of some politicians to restrict the right to peacefully protest.

I was both a soldier and student at UC Berkeley during the 1960’s when the government attempted to violently curb the Vietnam War protests. I asked then and still wonder why government will not communicate with its younger citizenry. Instead, it dismisses youth’s version without discussion then violently subdues their protest. Will our democracy ever mature enough to consider the wisdom of our youth?

William I. Wagner, Oakland, California