Iowa tonight and onward to a strange election cycle
So, anticipating a very unusual election field with a lot of antagonism coming from some candidates, I want to make a strong plea for civility. However nasty the field becomes, the Gillings School should be a place where we can debate candidates’ values, plans and proposed policies without making people feel excluded or unwelcome. We should check facts and consider the implications of campaign platforms for those who are underserved and disenfranchised. We should seek truth in candidates’ grandiose statements and carefully-crafted positions, exposing inconsistencies and claims. This is a great opportunity to apply our academic skills to parsing what candidates say and mean. We’re not a Republican school or a Democratic school. We’re the Gillings School, where everyone is entitled to their civil opinions.
Happy Monday. Barbara