November 5, 2013
Can a Democrat be friends with a Republican?
A male liberal assistant professor in central Florida is forced by circumstances to hang out with, to be friends with...conservatives. Republicans. Horrors! As he writes in the New York Times I had friends, plenty of friends. If I wanted more, they would be liberal, super-educated friends who could do rhetorical back flips over the Fox News jargon I was sure these husbands would spout if politics ever came up, which, were I to lead this group, would never happen. But, as he surprisingly discovers about his new friends I realize now that my prejudices against conservatives were, in many ways, just as uncompromising as the prejudices I'd often projected onto them. They were just people. Not issues. Not votes. People whose daughters go to school with my daughters, whose dogs run away and come back and run away again, whose hands found my shoulders and who didn't judge, the night I wept over a friend who had taken her own life. (snip) A guy in my group will...(Read Full Post)