Politics and ‘incivility’

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As America celebrates another Fourth of July, it is deeply divided. President Trump’s “zero tolerance” at the border has rekindled issues of human rights and racial equality. There is even disagreement over how to disagree. What does history teach about disruption and confrontation? Does “incivility” make things worse, or is it the price of progress toward achieving the promise of the Declaration of Independence?

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  • Ibram Kendi - Professor of history and international relations at American University, Director of Anti-racist Research and Policy Center - @DrIbram
  • Peniel Joseph - historian and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, founder of the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy - @PenielJoseph


Warren Olney


Andrea Brody