Obama's Letter To The NY Times Shows Him Playing to His Strengths
President Barack Obama, charismatic as he is, has stumbled in the past when taking to new media to engage American citizens. He's much better at writing letters than answering questions on Reddit.
President Barack Obama wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times this week in response to Jim Rutenberg's recent tour-de-force piece ‘‘A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.’’ In the letter, Obama muses on the now-gutted Voting Rights Act and systematic attempts to deny certain groups the right to vote. He focuses mostly on 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton, a key character in Rutenberg's piece and someone who is now — just as she was 70 years ago — fighting to maintain her voting rights:
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A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
- The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit charleskochfoundation.org/courageous-collaborations.
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