I was going to stay out of the mess that’s brewing up out of alleged racism at General Assembly, but underinformative accusations, followed by the still-vague details in the the consolation letter from the UUA Secretary, matched by ChaliceChick’s biting response will continue to bother me until I say something.
It boils dow to this: whether or not the allegations are true (and there seems to be an assumption they are) why are the institutional Youth of the UUA given so much sway?
The set answer is that “they’re our future.” I rather doubt that sensitive hothouse orchids will make the transition to brave leadership, or even effective leadership. Who will hear their complaints then? (And anyone who has worked customer service knows that this isn’t a universal phase people grow through.)
Plus, given the well-established revolving door, it seems more likely that the current youth leadership will both leave (oh, the terror!) and be replaced by others, so that the vast majority of future Unitarian Universalists — paraphrasing the beginning of Exodus — will not know YRUU.