Crossing the Aisle: A Reading List

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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.

The challenge, as Scott F. Fitzgerald put it, is “the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”


Who to follow

Jon Stokes

Van Jones

Colin Kapaernick

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.

Trump’s America

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

Election 2016

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

Michael Moore joins wide-ranging election talk

Dana Gould asks those who voted for Trump to explain to him why this is a good thing. Here’s what he learned.

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

Reddit: Liberals, what’s your most conservative view? Conservatives, what’s your most liberal view?
Zootopia a film (really!)

Everyone believes they’re the good guy by Amaryllis Fox, former CIA undercover officer

Guns and Empathy a video by New York Magazine