Amid Calls for ‘Unity,’ What Will It Really Take to Unify the Country?

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Picture of the dome of the U.S. Capitol.
The U.S. Capitol is seen on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.  ( Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

A majority in the House impeached President Trump on Wednesday for inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week, while many Republican lawmakers continued to say they oppose impeachment in the name of "unity." And on Monday, President-elect Joe Biden's team announced that the theme for Inauguration Day will be "America United," echoing his campaign and post-election messaging calling for unity and healing. What does the idea of “unity” mean, though, amid such long-standing, deep divisions and continued threats of more insurrections? We’ll take a critical look at these calls for unity and hear from listeners about what you think is necessary, at this point, to unify the country.


Paul Waldman, opinion columnist, the Plum Line blog at The Washington Post; senior writer, The American Prospect

Andrew Desiderio, congressional reporter, Politico

Eva Paterson, civil rights leader; co-founder and president, Equal Justice Society; co-founder and chair, California Coalition for Civil Rights