This site is for people who recognize that voting for Trump was a mistake and are committed to doing better in future elections. If you know about resources that would help contrite Trump voters avoid making the same mistake as they did on November 8, 2016, you can @ me at @notbencarter. Like all of us, this page is a work in progress. 

Implicit Bias

Implicit stereotype is "the unconscious attribution of particular qualities to a member of a certain social group." Learning about implicit bias and discovering you have (like everyone) some implicit biases for or against particular groups of people doesn't mean you're a racist or a sexist. It means you're a person who wants to explore how your mind works and uncover some of the hidden and potentially untrue stories you might be telling yourself. Implicit bias plays an enormous role in almost every aspect of public policy, from zoning decisions to policing practices to education and transit policies. So, learning about implicit bias is pretty important. 

One of the best ways to learn about implicit bias is by taking one of the free Implicit Association Tests provided by Project Implicit. I took a few as part of a law school class over a decade ago and benefited from both the test taking and learning about the ideas behind the test.  

One of the Southern Poverty Law Center's core missions is teaching tolerance. They have an entire website, tolerance.org, where you can find courses and curriculum for yourself, your classrooms, and your churches. Definitely check out their Film Kits. Very cool. 


Media Hygiene

Columbia College (in Canada) has created a very useful page with steps you can take on how to avoid fake news, spot clickbait, and get outside your own media and social media bubble (we could all work a little harder to escape our bubbles). As recommended on the Columbia College page, you can go to mediabiasfactcheck.com to check the bias of a particular news source.  

Look, I know for some of you Trump voters, you may resist going to the New York Times and Washington Post. But, just start reading USA Today. It is rated "least biased" by mediabiasfactcheck.com. 


Abortion

If you voted for Trump because you oppose legal abortion, I want you to know that people all across the political spectrum are working on policies to reduce the number of abortions in America. Here is a great article by Kim Greene, the board chair of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, describing the truly outstanding results Colorado has experienced by making long-acting reversible contraception available to teenagers and low-income women free of charge. Programs like the one in Colorado will expand more quickly under Democratic leadership and will do more to reduce the number of abortions (legal and illegal) than pursuing an absolute prohibition on access to legal abortion care. 


Voting Rights

Much more coming soon (this is a very important issue to me), but let's start with debunking Trump's claim that there is widespread voter fraud. There's not. There's widespread voter suppression

Reading list: 


Systemic Racism

Honestly, probably the best thing I could do here is just list some books for you to check out. 


Immigration

Check out the stories of immigrants lives in America at DefineAmerican.com. While you're there, check out some of the facts about our undocumented neighbors' contributions to our economy and communities. 

Listening: 

This podcast with Ezra Klein talking with chef José Andres isn't exclusively or even mostly about immigration, but the points Chef Andres makes on the issue are very powerful. 


Health Care

Wow! What to say about Republicans' assault on the progress we've made in toward ensuring that every American has access to affordable health care. We can start with this column I wrote this summer explaining how mostly rural, mostly white Kentuckians were going to either lose health insurance or pay dramatically more for health insurance. 


More

Coming soon. (Seriously, @ me your Resource suggestions.)