On vacation in DC last week, I spent a lot of time walking and thinking. In part, I thought about what I can do during this time of national crisis and despair, and kept coming back to what and how I write.
I am a good at researching and identifying facts, falsehoods, and areas of uncertainty. I have also spent much of my professional life explaining complex realities in terms that non-experts can understand.
I don’t believe in “both sides-ism,” the theory that there is truth on both sides and we should give equal weight to all voices. I see no need to give flat-earthers equal time in science classrooms. I see no need to give equal time to ignorance and lies anywhere else.
On the other hand—immigration law and policy and news are all complex and tough to understand. My plan, going forward, is to focus my blogs more on plain-language explanations and less on my own outrage about the latest horror stories. I hope that will make this writing more useful not only to already-convinced readers of this blog, but also as an aid in talking (or forwarding information) to friends and family.
Next up: Fact Check: Refugees, Camps, and Resettlement