If this election cycle has taught us anything, it's that we can't risk maintaining the assumption that fairness, kindness, and the *essential* goodness of human nature will emerge if we just sit back and hope for it (although we should do that, too). Unconditional love (our inheritance and our legacy) is stronger than fear and hatred, yes, but it isn't as quick and it isn't as loud.
Labels are horrible things--they define us before we open our mouths, ending any possibility of compromise, of humanity, of *community.* Dogmatic attachment to this *thing* that isn't even (in many cases) based in a like-minded joining of community, but as a convenient way to package our rage, guilt, shame, anger, and frustration and hurl it at the other camp (the one holding those *other* signs).
But if we're part of the problem, we can be part of the solution. We have to be brave. We have to risk everything because what choice do we have? We have to open communication, cross lines, offer compassion rather than accusations and assumptions.
And, no, we can't wait for the other guy to do it first.