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Opinion: Our country is tearing itself apart. Here's one way to bring people together

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The battle for the soul of America is playing out on our streets right now and it's unlikely to end after the 2020 presidential election in November. If the next president hopes to heal our nation, he should create a White House Council for National Unity, write Justin Gest and Wendy Feliz.

If the next president hopes to heal our nation, he should create a White House Council for National Unity -- an office that can coordinate an effort to rebuild our sense of shared destiny, reveal our interdependence and cultivate mutual understanding.

A Council for National Unity convened by the White House and staffed by a team of bipartisan leaders could gather public and private partners to promote social cohesion through programs and activities that bridge racial, ethnic, religious, and political boundaries.

Wielding the convening power of the White House and the leadership of America's most trusted institutions, it would pursue national service programs, volunteer efforts, and other initiatives that would advance the public good and promote a renewed sense of connectedness.

The Council would look after the country's unity the way the National Economic Council looks after the country's prosperity.

It has only been 55 years since the Voting Rights Act opened the doors to a more inclusive democracy, yet a sense of national belonging requires more than the ability to vote; it requires a sense of mutual recognition too.

A Council for National Unity could find inspiration on a larger scale from organizations that are working for the greater good in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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