I realize that most of the so-called greatest generation didn’t pick that moniker for themselves. Not that they were any too humble, mind you, but it was only one of their own, an overpaid talking head, no less, who came up with it.
A far more precise term would be the segregation generation, because theirs was the last American generation to promote and enforce heterosexual white people, particularly heterosexual white males, over everyone else.
Particularly blacks, but also Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals, the disabled and women of all colors. Segregation was the law in every state, supported by custom, politicians and the courts and there was no way around it. Until Dr. King decided to kill it. And did.
And, oh, how the segregation generation fought to try and keep it. And lost. Perhaps the greatest generation is their consolation prize. But it’s absurd.