Inclusion in the political spectrum
Inclusion is definitely a hot topic on the DePauw campus. A article 2017 de Gallup randomly sampled 3,014 students, and of those students, 92% felt that liberal students could express their views openly and freely. On the other hand, only 69% of students felt that conservative students could express their views openly and freely.
The adjective inclusive is defined as “including all or all types of people”. To be inclusive, therefore, is to give all people or ideas representation. However, in modern American politics, inclusiveness has developed a new definition.
Liberal politicians often preach the idea of inclusion, especially towards minority groups and those who share similar ideologies. A liberal political ideology combines the importance of civil liberty and equality with the support of social justice movements and the maintenance of government programs. Yet how can liberal politicians really be inclusive when they focus only on those who share their ideology? We cannot push this idea of being subjectively inclusive because that only worsens the polarity in politics.
In 2018, MP Maxine Waters (D-CA) encouraged her supporters to harass members of Trump’s cabinet. Waters has fiercely resisted the Trump administration. She declined to attend Trump’s inauguration, was one of the first to announce a boycott of the President’s State of the Union address, and said in a New York Times video: “If you see someone from this Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, in a gas station; you go out and you create a crowd, and you push them away, and you tell them they’re not welcome.
To some this may sound shocking, but it is proof that conservative views are often excluded. The reality behind being conservative on campus is actually “no conservatives”.
This is exactly the problem I’m talking about: pushing for harassment against those who disagree. It’s shocking that those who are supposed to be inclusive are urging their supporters to harass those who disagree with them.
I’m not saying we all have to agree, but I think if we give all political opinions equal space it will only do America good. The inclusion of all ideas allows us to challenge each other and consider new points of view and opinions. No one should be isolated just because they have an “unpopular opinion” or simply a different political opinion.
On the other hand, some argue that many conservative views are seen as racist, inciting violence and labeled as hate speech. The solution is therefore to regulate conservative ideologies, which only creates more tension between political groups and violates freedom of expression. The Liberals often jump directly at these accusations, regardless of what the Conservatives are really saying.
The only way to really grow politically is to challenge yourself, and that can only be done when all political ideologies have room to speak. A more open discussion of all political opinions will lead to greater inclusion. The least we can do is include each other’s opinions instead of excluding them.
This idea should be applied universally: a curator should not exclude left-wing views from the conversation and vice versa. In our current political climate, one side is often the dominant voice, but no voice should be left without a voice. The more opinions are excluded, the more our country will be divided. The more we include and allow others to share their beliefs, the easier it will become to solve political problems.