Backfirebrands

Stop fighting extremes with extremes. It always backfires. Hate is not the answer, but neither is love. Pretending love is the answer fuels the hate-is-the-answer extremists because it's so extreme and unrealistic and makes you look a fool. Just like their "hate is the answer" looks to you. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ambigamy/201708/backfirebrands

Old-Fashioned and Modern Racism At Play Post-Charlottesville

On August 10, 2017 white supremacists and others of that icky ilk descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. They delivered a deadly reminder that old-fashioned prejudice remains a stubborn American problem. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/presence-mind/201708/old-fashioned-and-modern-racism-play-post-charlottesville

Tribalism and a Way to Common Ground

One nation. Indivisible. For liberty and justice for all. And yet we’re pretty darn divided. In what we believe. In whom we support. We are so torn apart ideologically that many of us, including myself, have forgotten what we have in common. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-slow/201708/tribalism-and-way-common-ground

Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards

I received my PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and walked by the Silent Sam statue hundreds of times. I am embarrassed to say that I never gave it much thought at the time—I don’t think I even read the inscription. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-blame/201708/heroes-statues-and-moral-standards

Beyond anger.

A feature of our current political polarization is the pent up anger felt by both far-left and far-right political partisans against each other, sometimes including dehumanization and demonization of the opposite side. Aeon offers a brief essay by Martha Nussbaum that is worth reading. Read more: http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2017/08/beyond-anger.html

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Recently, psychologists Patrick Forscher and Nour Kteily recruited members of the alt-right (a.k.a. the “alternative right,” the catchall political identity of white nationalists) to participate in a study to build the first psychological profile of their movement. Read more: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/psychologists-surveyed-hundreds-of-alt-right-supporters-the-results-are-unsettling.html

French President Macron Backs Anti-Racism Movement in US

French President Emmanuel Macron is offering support for anti-racism protesters in what he described a collective, historic battle against intolerance. Aug. 17, 2017, at 10:59 a.m. Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-08-17/french-president-macron-backs-anti-racism-movement-in-us