June 22, 2023
The Big Challenge of Common Ground Politics
THE BIG CHALLENGE OF COMMON GROUND POLITICS: TULSA, OKLAHOMA MAYOR G.T. BYNUM
Working across party divides is the best way to bring people together and make progress, says our guest, Tulsa Mayor, G.T. Bynum. But he also points out that common ground is “the least valued political real estate in America today”.
Overwhelmingly reelected to office as a nonpartisan in a deep-red state, Mayor Bynum calls himself a moderate and tells us that his administration is a test case for “the belief that people of diverse beliefs can still work together to solve great challenges.”
Two years ago, Mayor Bynum issued a statement apologizing on behalf of the city for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, exactly 100 years after the racist attack. We discuss his support for long delayed excavations of victims, and Tulsa’s need for diversity, and how new immigrants add to prosperity and community building.
Mayor Bynum acknowledges that in our divided times “the easy sugar high for candidates and elected officials is to hate ‘them’ and get one of the extremes on your side.” Our discussion looks at the need for common ground politics and respect for different communities.
Tune in to hear more on the latest episode of Let’s Find Common Ground.