Melissa Harris-Perry: Fear Is Driving America's Politics, But Hope Is the Only Antidote
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I'm not asking you to believe in God or to accept any kind of supreme being. I'm asking you to think about the faith that is associated with the hope that is not necessarily rooted in the empirical realities you see around you right at this moment, that says that we can still be part of something that is bigger than ourselves, and something that we cannot necessarily see at the moment, but simply requires us not to be afraid of each other. Because it's our fear of each other that makes us exceptionally easy to divide.
I know I've talked a lot, but I really do have to go talk to the Bushes now, but it's because I'm not afraid of them. I'm not angry with them; I often disagree. But I am not afraid of any person with whom we are struggling. We can get to another place.
Melissa Harris-Perry hosts an eponymous weekend show on MSNBC and is a columnist for the Nation. She is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South.