Crossing the Aisle: A Reading List
How are we supposed to handle a Trump presidency?
Viola Davis said it best: “By removing him from the equation. Because it is bigger than him… Because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system. So then what does that say about us? I think if you answer that question, then that says it all.”
The people in office are a reflection of who we are as a country. So while we have to keep an eye on them, we also have to look at each other.
I put this list together because I want to move past the knee-jerk reaction and actually solve things from the bottom up and the inside out. To do that, we have to cross the aisle to understand (not necessarily agree with!) each other.
Who to follow
Why Colin Kapaernick Took A Knee posted by Matt Orfalea
It was US Army veteran, Nate Boyer who suggested to Kaepernick to take a knee as a sign of respect. Kaepernicks protest was no statement on the military but to call attention to police brutality in America where cops are getting paid leave for murdering unarmed Americans.
He’s a Local Pillar in a Trump Town. Now He Could Be Deported. by Monica Davey
What I Heard From Trump Supporters by Sam Altman
How a Muslim Doctor Changed Minnesota Minds by Stephanie McMrummen
I know why the poor whites chant Trump Trump Trump by Jonna Ivin
The Messy Truth a video series by Van Jones
Listening to Trump by Christian Parenti
What so many people don’t get about the US working class by Joan C. Williams
Hillbilly Elegy a book by J.D. Vance
The smug style in American liberalism by Emmett Rensin
I’m a coastal elite from the Midwest: The real bubble is Rural America by Patrick Thornton
How poor whites see themselves a tweetstorm by John Paul Brammer
Race and the Race Rebecca Carroll and Van Jones
The sun comes up a This American Life podcast episode
The white flight of Derek Black by Eli Saslow
White People a short documentary by Jose Antonio Vargas for MTV
Arrival a film
Everyone believes they’re the good guy by Amaryllis Fox, former CIA undercover officer
Guns and Empathy a video by New York Magazine