Still more in our series on the assumptions behind our national polarization. . . .
We Americans do have some consensus, despite our polarization. Most Americans agree that “racism is bad.” This is why the charges of racism that we blogged about yesterday have their force. Progressives say that conservatives are racist, but conservatives deny that they are. Yes, we continue to have racial problems and we differ on their nature and what to do about them, but very few Americans embrace racism as something good. But complicating the efforts to resolve our racial problems is that Americans have different definitions of what racism is.