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An interesting quote from a famous Black psychiatrist from Martinique that a friend of mine came across:
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
So, you have die-hard Democrats who say: Hillary is not a criminal because she was never indicted by the FBI, and you have die-hard Republicans who say the Donald is not a misogynist because he apologized, or because he was just speaking “locker-room banter.”
The ability to set all that aside and vote logically instead of rationalizing one’s “white-knight” candidate is the balancing act.
Is it even possible in today’s polarized political world?
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