Many people say they don’t see color, but clearly see Red and Blue. They don’t discriminate against a person due to the color of their skin, but are quick to throw stones at each other based on political beliefs. If you’re a Democrat(Blue) you’re stereotyped as a liberal extremist and atheist who has no morals. If you’re a Republican(Red) you’re stereotyped as a conservative who is intolerant and hateful towards people who are different than you.
Clearly the Reds are all the same, and the Blues are all the same. They’re in the same group, so they must all have the same beliefs. Logical, right?
After doing some research, I’ve learned that the divide between political parties has been building for years. The cause of the divide is the increase in Polarization, meaning that people strictly align with the beliefs of their political party.
This was actually really shocking to me. That after 18 years of developing individuality, the option to vote can completely change someone’s belief system.
When I was growing up, it was normal to be moderate. Many people shared a similar stance taboo issues like abortion and same sex marriage. After the Columbine and Virginia tech shooting, of course gun control was an important issue. Something the mere mention of the second amendment couldn’t just overshadow. It was common for people from either political party to practice Christianity. Today things are so different, and fewer people can agree on issues. This means that more people will be dissatisfied.
Actually research has shown that Polarization is at an all time high since slavery. Ironically this issue seems to have been overshadowed during the election, by cultural and racial divide. I don’t think people realized that the divide was a lot closer to home. Now that the election is over, a new kind of division has developed between Family and friends.
As an African-American Christian living in the South, I’m part of a group that is often moderate. We are overwhelmingly democrat, but we tend to have conservative ethical beliefs. Many of us who are college educated, still vote democrat. Based on my experiences, I believe many African-Americans vote democrat due to more of the socioeconomic issues. When it comes to ethical issues many hold conservative views.
I only provided my own opinion, out of over 300 million in this country. My goal is to get the message out there that all people who are part of a political group, are not the same. There’s much more to an individual than the political party they are a part of.
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