Sometimes politics can trick us into seeing our neighbors as enemies. While I am prepared to stand up for progressive values and fight against the normalization of hatred in the Trump era, I think we can all do a better job of listening to our fellow citizens. A few hours before President Obama’s farewell address last week, I brought some strangers together to try out a new approach. I wrote about it yesterday on MassLive:
A couple of weeks after Election Day last November, I received an email from a fellow veteran and self-described “deplorable” supporter of President-elect Trump. Some days later we sat down to talk, not debate or argue or yell, just talk. It was an eye opening experience and I wanted more.
Along with that Trump-backer, I decided to do a little experiment. I invited three folks who voted for Trump, and three who supported Hilary Clinton to dinner at a popular local restaurant. Every one of them was a little apprehensive, and I’ll admit that I was a little worried about how things would go. But once we started talking and listening to each other, the evening exceeded my highest expectations.
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