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Ijeoma Oluo has released a statement regarding concerns about Sally Kohn’s book. You can read the statement here.
The escalation of incivility and hate takes many forms today—from divisive political speech to hate crimes to online trolling. With insight from her book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn takes our stage with an investigation of the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate, and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. Kohn shares research gathered from Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the United States. She joins in conversation with activist and former Seattle Mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell, and together they explore surprising lessons from dramatic examples including terrorists, white supremacists—and Kohn’s own experiences with Twitter trolls. Join Kohn and Farrell for a refreshing discussion of overcoming caustic behaviors and perspectives, and inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.
Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America. She is currently a CNN political commentator and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences as a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously “nice,” she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed “emotional correctness.” She writes regularly for media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Salon, Time and many more.
Jessyn S. Farrell is the Senior Vice President of Civic Ventures, an organization of activists and change-makers in Seattle. She is a Democratic Party politician in Washington State, US. She represented Washington’s 46th legislative district in the state House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017, when she resigned to run for Mayor of Seattle.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.