How art, history and philanthropy can bridge Americans' political divisions
A “Black Lives Matter” flag billows from my neighbor’s porch. At a home across the street, a “Trump 2020” flag flies atop a pole. My house sits between the two, with a small yard sign promoting the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, an advocacy statement that represents a kind of idea — helping vulnerable youth — that draws Americans of all political persuasions together, no matter which flag they fly.
It’s the kind of thing we need to talk about much more often.
Even as partisan disagreements have intensified, compassionate and beautiful cornerstones of American life remain. Americans’ historical, faith-based and civic foundations are strong enough to weather the storms of tribalism.
It starts — and endures — with individuals choosing to be part of the solution by participating in local life for the betterment of our neighbors and, in turn, our society.