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The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The question of whether Hollywood and celebrities should be involved in politics is a question today as it was 50 years ago.
But celebrities who stand up for the principles that bind us together as Americans, that define us as Americans, are people we all admire and respect.
In the 1945 film "The House I live In," Frank Sinatra addressed anti-Semitism and bigotry in this memorable scene:
Sinatra, when asked about this scene said 50 year ago, said:
"The first thing I ever learned still seems to be the most important thing that ever got through to me. And that is that a bunch of kids bound together in the unfashionable fraternity of economic insecurity aren't going to mingle their discontents very successfully unless they mingle them with mutual respect. Mutual respect, whether it's on the slum level of one little kid for another or at the top of the ladder where it's one government for another, one race for another or one belief for another, is nothing but tolerance."
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media formats allow the sharing of so much hate and disunity. For that reason, this example from the past is particularly inspiring. Perhaps rather than trolling to divide and separate, we should encourage "trolling for good."Do you have examples of celebrities who have inspired you, who bring us together as Americans? Please contact us with your thoughts on how we might work to find the common bond that is America. email@example.com
In this episode of the Let's Find Common Ground podcast, a journalist explores stories of hope in bringing people together in a polarized age. Nathan Bomey is a reporter for USA Today and author of the new book, Bridge Builders: Bringing People Together in a Polarized Age. In this interview we hear more about people from many walks of life who are building the structure of a new, more united America. Common Ground Committee is part of a robust and growing national movement of bridge builders, who are working to reduce incivility and toxic polarization in America today.
Joy Mayer just launched a bold effort to help conservatives trust journalists. What will it take for America's local journalists to tell stories responsibly—not just for liberals, whose views most journalists identify with, but also for conservatives, whose views are easier for most journalists to misunderstand, neglect, or dismiss?
Joy, director of the Trusting News Project, joins host and fellow journalist Mónica Guzmán to count down six things right-leaning news consumers wish journalists would do better—and some things all news readers can do to support the American promise of journalism as a critical public service in this episode of the Braver Angels podcast.
For years, the Harvard Business School Competitiveness Report has found that political dysfunction is the #1 barrier to economic competitiveness. Political polarization is a root cause of that dysfunction. But how do we fix it?
Business for America, a coalition of businesses promoting a stronger democracy, and the Niskanen Center collaborated to create a four-part series, Divided We Fall.
The fourth and final part explores public policy approaches to addressing the polarization at the root of America's political dysfunction, including anti-gerrymandering, nonpartisan primaries, and ranked-choice voting. The discussion also explores how introducing more choice and competition into politics helps increase voter participation, increase diversity among winning candidates, reduces toxicity during elections, and increases bipartisan collaboration while in office.