The more we simply blame those people,’ the less likely we are to see in others a shared humanity”

John Inazu in USA Today:

The more we neglect political nuance and the more we simply blame those people” for the current state of affairs, the less likely we are to see in others a shared humanity, to say nothing of a shared project of self-governance. For the sake of our modest unity, we can do better. We must do better.

We must remind ourselves that people — and voters — are more complex than labels. We must speak, write and tweet with care, depth and nuance. We must avoid the lazy thinking that encourages stereotyping.

A great read, sure to challenge all bands of the political spectrum. Particularly helpful is the charge to preserve modest unity,” which Inazu defines as keeping sociocultural disagreements — even strong ones — a war of words rather than a much bleaker alternative.”

See also this piece from Inazu and Tim Keller in Christianity Today.


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January 10, 2017 · inazu · USA Today · culture · voters · people · nuance · modest

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