A Californian Travels Back to Texas

This fall, with remote learning giving us the freedom to travel, we decided to visit my family in Dallas — a chance to reconnect and talk politics.

Isn’t talking politics around the dinner table taboo? ’Tis true. But the 2020 summer of protest taught me that listening to others is a step towards helping us overcome our collective rage.

Having ensconced myself for twelve years in San Francisco — whose politics are left and further left — I sought to listen to conservatives. While I know Texans’ views are not monolithic, several conservative…