Why Talk To Someone You Believe To Be 'Evil'?

Feb 19, 2019

Our country has become so divided over issues, policies and politicians that many no longer see someone who disagrees with them as merely having a difference of opinion or being uninformed. Now, those who disagree often view each other as not just wrong, but stupid, insane or even evil. And what's the point of trying to talk with, or listen to, someone you believe to be evil?

The Beyond Civility project allows people to explore the barriers and bridges to effective dialogue. Tonight, Beyond Civility will present "I’m Right, You’re Evil," a panel discussion with local college students which will address how partisanship has transformed into demonization.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for a look at our current polarized climate and its affects on how younger people view our democracy are Graydon law firm partner Jack Greiner (@jackcgreiner); University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice Professor John Paul Wright, PhD.; and Xavier University students Ryan Kambich and Tyler Harmon.

Beyond Civility's "I'm Right, Your Evil" forum takes place Tuesday, February 19, at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park. A reception and registration are from 5:30-6 p.m., with a panel discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free but reservations are requested.

Note: Jack Greiner represents Cincinnati Public Radio and other local news organizations in First Amendment issues.

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