Encouraging Civility in Political Debates
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The nation paused last week to remember the victims of a shooting spree in Arizona. At a memorial in Tuscon, President Obama urged all Americans to use the tragedy as a reason to expand our moral imagination …to talk to each other in a way that heals rather than wounds. Police portrayed the alleged shooter as mentally unstable with no political ties. But the attempted assassination of a member of Congress brought attention to the rise of partisan rancor in recent years. Many lawmakers are now calling for a more civil tone in our political debates. We invite you to share your ideas on how to encourage civility in our communities.
national correspondent for the "Atlantic Monthly."
professor of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker and author, most recently, of "The Whites of Their Eyes."
former representative of the Second District of Virginia in the U.S. House.