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Why So Much American Anger?

angry tea party signs    The recent episodes of now routine American gun violence have sparked discussions of the role of white male anger in it all. This is hardly a brand new strand of analysis.
    Michael Kimmel, director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook and author of Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, wrote last November:
    “Today's Angry White Men look backward, nostalgically at the world they have lost. Some organize politically to restore 'their' country; some descend into madness; others lash out violently at a host of scapegoats. Theirs is a fight to restore, to reclaim more than just what they feel entitled to socially or economically -- it's also to restore their sense of manhood, to reclaim that sense of dominance and power to which they also feel entitled. They don't get mad, they want to get even -- but with whom?”
    Kimmel admits that: “There are plenty of angry men of color and plenty of angry white women.” But anyone who's paid attention to the reactions of people around them has found that many Americans today need very little aggravation to send them over some edge...

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LJWorld.comDr. Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to a
Lawrence Journal World "Faith Forum" question:
"What Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?
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Dr Minor speaking at ASU"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither"

Dr. Minor's keynote address, "Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither," given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 9, 2012, is now available in print and online in the Law Journal for Social Justice.

"A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word 'family.' By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law...."

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The Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —

Zoe Williams: "George Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls, they want to change them..Liberals do everything wrong'"
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political argument – every year, it cedes more ground to the right, under the mistaken impression that this will bring everything closer to the centre....This is what he believes it would take to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment of argument by evidence in favour of argument by moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation of what those morals are; the acceptance that there is no "middle" or third way, no such thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent views, conservative on some things, progressive on others – but they are not moderates, they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent, cynical or grasping..."

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NW PFLAG Leadership WorkshopThe Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit

The Fairness Project is in the process of making available the handout materials from Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen because they encourage activist leadership to proceed from a progressive, healing model which contradicts the models of leadership found in most popular forms, models that are meant to keep the system in place rather than to make changes that support humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.

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Dr. Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
A Column at 50
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     The late Howard Thurman, philosopher, theologian, and educator, told his friend, author Sam Keen, who was struggling with a divorce after seventeen years of marriage, that there are two questions each person must ask themself.
     The first is “Where am I going?” The second: “Who will go with me?”
     “If you ever get these questions in the wrong order,” he cautioned, “you are in trouble.”
     Yet, we look around us and find that much of human dating experience in our culture is exactly in that kind of trouble. People are looking for someone to go on a journey they have little idea they’re on.
     As we boomers moved into our dating years, our goal was to find someone – sometimes anyone -- to accompany us in life. We knew, in that general and idealistic way teens and twenty-somethings think they understand, what the general expectations of our life were – get an education, a job, and a family, and live out the image of an ideal life that an increasingly consumer-oriented society was setting before us....

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