The NY Times has an interactive piece to help us all have difficult conversations about politics over our holiday tables. Read Here
The piece gives you multiple choice options of how to respond to your angry Uncle Bot in a political conversation. The first choice is choosing whether Uncle Bot is an angry liberal or an angry conservative. The article then walks you through various conversation options telling you when you have made a “Good Choice.”
Spoiler alert: the recommended conversation method, which is revealed after you play through the interactive bit, won’t be a surprise to Indisputably readers:
1. Ask open ended …questions
3. Reflect back
4. Agree before disagreeing
5. Share you perspective
The goal is to not avoid political discussion but to engage because, as the author says,
Throughout American history, important strides were made because people dared to share their political views with relatives. The civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the antiwar movement, the gay rights movement, the struggle for marriage equality–all gained acceptance through difficult conversations among family members who initially disagreed vehemently with one another.
The interactive piece of this article is great–and makes me wonder where else we could use this technique to help each other learn to talk to each other about difficult issues with family, friends, colleagues, and in the classroom.