Should We Refuse To Engage With Bigotry or Fight Back?

Part of life, I take it, is swallowing straight the certainty of spending time with people whose views you may find abhorrent. Their preferred orthodoxies are lighted by different experts and uncontested powers, and as we impatiently engage each other, both parties can’t help but feel small. I will always think about our interactions in this moment, the potency and desperation of our yearning for agreement. We lean forward, jaws set, eyes narrow, searching other faces for a semblance of understanding, some crease of shared conviction. Often, we fall short, and I…