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Working together

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26.10.2020

A friend whose work I admire recently posted a photo on social media. It was of a policeman who had come into to see an art exhibit about the “double pandemic of 2020.” He looked at the expression of the pain of the Black community and wanted to know why police weren’t represented. In the discussion that followed, I offered an opinion, as I am often wont to do.

I actually likened the situation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

No, these issues have nothing to do with each other.

But yes, there is a shared kind of binary thinking going on here.

“That is, articulating one issue (be it wanting change or supporting an entity) is often interpreted as negating the other issue or ‘side,’” I wrote. I added that “positioning any issue as binary gets in the way of seeing how everyone ought to have a single goal. Wanting justice shouldn’t be a zero-sum game or something wanted by just one side. The goal — whether it........

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