OPINION: HOW DO YOU FIGHT PREJUDICE? GET OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE (AND BIG CITIES)

The Daily Caller | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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You might expect cities to be bastions of tolerance in America — after all, they offer greater exposure to culture, not to mention the progressive politics frequently associated with open-mindedness. But it turns out that many cities and their environs are among the most politically prejudiced places in America — and that should tell us something about how we can all work to improve how we relate to one another.

A recent article in The Atlantic explores how partisan prejudice in America breaks down geographically, and the data belie the assertion that cities are tolerant places. Among counties with a population of at least 100,000, Suffolk County, Massachusetts — home to Boston — is the most politically intolerant country in the country, according to data from polling and analytics firm PredictWise:

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In this part of the country, nine out of every 10 couples appear to share the same partisan leaning, according to the voter-file data. Eight out of every 10 neighborhoods are politically homogeneous. This means that people in Boston may have fewer “cross-cutting relationships,” as researchers put it. It is a very urban county with a relatively high education level. All these things tend to correlate with partisan prejudice.

The story’s the same in other highly educated urban areas. Washington, D.C. — ground zero for much of the country’s political rancor — scores in the 98th percentile in The Atlantic’s report on partisan prejudice, meaning that only two out of every 100 counties exhibit more prejudice “against the political ‘other.’”

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So basically, when you’re surrounded by people who believe the things you believe, that creates an echo chamber that’s a breeding ground for political intolerance.

That’s the bad news — is there any good news? Yes, actually. Despite the prejudices many Americans exhibit, we still do have a lot in common when it comes...
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