When Talking to Liberals, Conservatives May Want to Avoid These Terms

Editor’s note: See our list of terms liberals may want to avoid when talking to conservatives. Suppose you are talking to another person who has very different political viewpoints. Everything seems to be going fine. Then, you say a word or phrase that unintentionally alienates the other...
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What Queer Eye Can Teach Us About Bridging Divides

“If you voted for Trump, unfollow me.” Most of us are familiar with this sentiment. It is common for people to not want to be associated with those whose values and opinions they deem dangerous or hateful. Tuning out voices we disagree with is not a practice unique to the Left, but as a...
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How a Hijab-Wearing Muslim and a MAGA Hat-Wearing Conservative Formed a Friendship

Amina Amdeen is a Muslim who wears a hijab. She’s been in situations where people have tried to remove her hijab from her head. So when she saw a group of protestors trying to light conservative Joseph Weidknecht on fire and snatch a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat from his head, she...
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When Talking to Conservatives, Liberals May Want to Avoid These Terms

Editor's note: See our list of words conservatives may want to avoid when talking to liberals. Suppose you are talking to another person who has very different political viewpoints. Everything seems to be going fine. Then, you say a word or phrase that unintentionally alienates the other...
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Students Meet Their Political "Other" Using Mismatch by AllSides

Our current, polarized political landscape is reverberating through our classrooms. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and we are counting on them to forge a more positive path that is less divisive and less dysfunctional. How can teachers prepare students with the skills and...
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George H. W. Bush and the Era of Civility

With the passing of George H. W. Bush, much has been made of the former president’s life and record, whether it be his foreign policy achievements or the public devotion he showed toward his family. But perhaps what's most striking is that the tributes continue to crisscross the political...
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'Find Your Perfect Mismatch': Learn How to Talk With Your Political Other

The problems and divides we see every day seem too big to solve. Politicians enrage us to fight. News media sensationalizes the worst extremes. And they all do this so well that we can't help but feel angry and disenchanted. But we can do something about it. Enter Mismatch , a program by...
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"Angry Uncle Bot" Helps You Prep for Thanksgiving Political Talk

Here at AllSides, we've already provided you with 5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner . But what if you could practice beforehand? Our conversation tips for bridging divides include asking to listen, not to respond , exibiting genuine curiosity toward another...
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5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations. Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re...
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After A Deeply Polarized Election, What's Next for the U.S.?

After a deeply polarized election, what's next for the U.S.? Despite the pervasiveness of technologies that connect us, it seems our communities are more deeply divided and polarized than ever. Media bias is only making things worse. It's time to break out of our filter bubbles. Let's go...
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The Future We Would All Like to See

The danger of nuclear weapons may not be a fun thing to talk about, but it is critical to our future. Let's start talking about it. Our good friend, Joan Blades , agrees, and she is starting the conversation in living rooms across the country. She invited John Gable, our founder, to...
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