Breivik selectively drew from some of the most intolerant and fearful voices in a changing America while ignoring stronger American voices that celebrate diversity as a principle at the heart of our foundation and one of our nation’s greatest competitive advantages
At the core of America’s political consciousness are notions of liberty, equality and democracy; principles that have been a part of our national dialogue for centuries and have occupied an esteemed importance in our national governance. However, some have suggested that as a result of America’s changing demographics and increased diversity, tolerance should be included amongst these core principles.
While many argue that tolerance should be included amongst these principles, others question the extent to which tolerance should give way to inclusion and integration. Does being tolerant of other races, religions and ethnicities imply that these groups should be fully incorporated into American society, being endowed with all the rights and privileges that such implies? Or can tolerance be understood more narrowly; providing these groups with protections from hate and violence while reserving full status as citizens and participants in American democracy?