Writer, activist, and commentator Sally Kohn confronts the recent epidemic of incivility, drawing on research and personal stories to uncover why we hate, and how we can stop it.
CNN’s Sally Kohn is known for her ability to make friends across the political aisle. While establishing herself as a leading progressive voice as a liberal commentator on Fox News, she went head-to-head with her colleagues on divisive issues, engaging in heated arguments—and developed unexpected friendships. But since the 2016 election and the upheaval that followed, even the famously nice Kohn has found herself wanting to lash out at her enemies. She recognized the increased vitriol permeating America’s political discourse and wondered: Where did all this hate come from?
In The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate in its most subtle and obvious forms, from implicit bias and racism to violence and full-blown genocide. She travels across the world, interviewing people who have left extraordinary lives of hate behind, and even reflects on her own history of bullying. Then Kohn offers tools for combating these tendencies, including connection-spaces (bringing people from opposing sides together), connection-speech (communicating your viewpoint in a way that’s empathetic but firm), and community activism.
At a moment when Americans are facing an epidemic of animosity and incivility—divisive political speech, online trolling, and escalating hate crimes—The Opposite of Hate is enlightening, instructive, and hopeful, providing an optimistic look into one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a columnist and CNN political commentator. Previously a Fox News contributor, she has been a frequent guest on MSNBC and writes for media outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Daily Beast, Time, and many others. Kohn lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Sarah Hansen, and their daughter, Willa.
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