When we’re dealing with division such as race, black lives matter, refugees and immigration it can be better to speak about what we believe we are and aspire to be. Simply confronting people only is likely to be less effective.
An election piece from Minnesota (USA) demonstrates this wonderfully well. It argues “we are greater than fear”
In 2016, Clinton’s slim victory (in the state) was seen as:
An opportunity to gain ground with… racially coded, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic appeals. Yet in 2018, progressives in the state not only stalled these efforts, they won across races, defining what it means to be “Minnesotan” through an aspirational narrative of multi-racial populism.
36 second video here>