Liberalism vs. conservatism is at the heart of American politics. And while engaging in healthy debate is encouraged, stepping over the line of respectful disagreement and engaging in personal attacks or hate speech is never okay — for either side. Shannon Ridgway discusses how those who identify as liberals and feminists can be more understanding toward the opposing political party.
The United States incarcerates a greater proportion of its population than any country in the world by far. When so few know the full extent of their own rights, even fewer are aware of or do not care about the rights guaranteed to the incarcerated. Despite the supposed “guarantee” of these rights, prisoners all over the U.S. are forced to serve out sentences in inhumane and torturous conditions.
It’s okay to disagree with people. It’s even okay to hold disdain for other people’s politics. But when we cross over into personal attacks, we’ve gone too far. Not only are we being rude, we’re also being unfair. So the next time you find yourself criticizing conservatives, remind yourself that what you’re critical of is their belief system – not the people themselves.