“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.