Campus Life · Local Feature

What are the rules of the game?

Do you always have an obligation to respect the opinion of the other side of a political issue?  What does this have to do with NC Amendment One?  Duke Dems President Elena Botella explains these questions in a Duke Chronicle column today

There was a point in time in the United States when slavery was a political issue. There was a point in time in the United States when women’s suffrage was a political issue. There was at time in the United States when the systematic extermination and forcible relocation of Native Americans was a political issue.

Imagine any of these were still political issues today, and imagine that there were people on the other side of the aisle who supported any of these policies. Would you feel compelled to say “I respect your opinion that you have a right to enslave Africans?” or “I believe the morality of sending 15,000 Cherokees on a death march across the United States is an issue on which reasonable people might disagree?”

Read more on the Chronicle website

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