The 2020 presidential election wreaked havoc leading to riots, protests and lawsuits. Families, friends and relationships have been ripped apart.
“When politics did come up, it started some discussions, and they did not end well. People got mad, but it was all resolved eventually,” Oconee County High School freshman Reese Garcia said.
She says the tendency of seeing our own views as the only correct ones makes her apprehensive about political discussions with her family.
“We always think what we think is right, even though there’s really no right or wrong answer. So when you get into a discussion with people, it can end in anger or it can turn into something more than that,” Garcia said. She believes she can continue to be friends with others and that their political views and beliefs do not affect her friendships in a negative way, even knowing that disagreement is inevitable.
“At the end of the day, I’m not going to think about them any differently because of what they believe, and how they think things should be in the world,” Garcia said.
Some families don’t agree with each other’s political views, and this can cause families to have falling outs and cause other problems, like unhealthy relationships, as well as causing issues in the future.
A Morning Consult study by Alyssa Meyers and Eli Yokley found that just 18% of Biden supporters and 16% of Trump supporters planned to bring up politics over the holidays. Cedar Shoals freshman India Collins says her family tried to leave out political discussions at Thanksgiving, and if they did bring it up, they agreed to disagree.
Collins planned to do the same during the winter holidays, “We left politics out. We focused on family. Everything political or things that could be controversial we just put it off to the side.” Collins said.
A 2005 Gallup Poll asked teens to compare their social and political standings to that of their parents. The results of the polls show that 71% of the teens said that their social and political ideologies were similar to their parents, while 28% said that it differed.
“I think that going into high school, and taking classes like US history, government, and world history has exposed me to a lot more. Talking to teachers and my friends as we get older, we talk about politics a lot more, it’s a common interest. So I think this year was the year that like I tried to look at things from like a non biased view and just make my own decisions. That’s where I realized, ‘Oh, maybe we don’t agree on everything you know rather than just getting my information purely from my parents,” Oconee County High School junior Ashley Langford said.
Langford identifies herself as more moderate than her parents.
“I don’t think I have talked to them about everything because we try not to discuss politics too much. But I think for the most part they know that there’s certain topics that I have different beliefs than them,” Langford said.