The Journal Times // The vast majority of us are neither evil nor stupid, and we can learn from each other and work together for the common good, but only if we see each other as human beings first.
News coverage of Better Angels
Kenosha News // I am a conservative. I am not ashamed of it. In fact, I’m proud of my beliefs. However, it has become difficult to talk about it for fear of being disregarded, rejected or dismissed.
St. Paul Pioneer Press // A week before last month’s presidential debates, when politicians’ rhetoric threatened deepening polarization, a movement to depolarize America called “Better Angels” held its second annual convention. Equal numbers of Republican and Democratic delegates participated, 130 from each side and from every state, June 20 to 23 in St. Louis.
BlueRidgeNow // Herdersonville — It is often easier to see the opportunity we want than to see the opportunity we have, particularly when it is couched in the warlike fever of vitriolic language and the extremism of political polarization. Yet hidden in this mass of anger and vitriol is exactly where our opportunity, and our power, are to be found.
The Laura Flanders Show // Red, blue, rich, poor, country, city, left or right. Chances are you probably fall into one of those categories. And you may be quite happy where you are. The people of Better Angels believe there’s still value in talking, and they’ve come up with a way of doing it that actually seems to bring people together.
NBC KARE-TV Minneapolis // It’s true we live in polarizing times. How can Republicans and Democrats talk to each other without shutting each other out?
MPR News// Are you wringing your hands over the political polarization we’re experiencing in this country? Are you egging it on among your kindred spirits?
Greater Good Magazine // Focusing on shared identities is a valuable way for people in diverse societies to bridge their differences without shedding or suppressing what makes them different in the first place. Doing so allows us to come together with people who we previously imagined we had nothing in common with—which research suggests can open the door to greater empathy and cooperation.
Florida Today // “Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements.”
That definition of civility by The Institute for Civility in Government stuck with me when I was doing research before launching FLORIDA TODAY’s Civility Brevard project in March.
The Post Star // Glen Falls — In our society today, it has become very difficult for people on both sides of the aisle to talk about their beliefs. We are afraid to voice our political opinions, because it could create a rift with family or friends. This has gotten way out of control.
KAMR // AMARILLO — Better Angels, a national citizens organization, hosted a Red/Blue Workshop in hopes of reducing political polarization in Amarillo and in the nation. On Saturday, June 29, Better Angels brought conservatives and liberals together so they could better understand each other beyond the stereotypes.
Tennessean // Despite the hateful and divisive rhetoric we hear on TV from our leaders, both local and national, and the toxic atmosphere we are reminded of daily, Americans are caring, warm and wonderful people. It does not matter where they come from, what their backgrounds are, what race they are or who they voted for.
The Post-Star // What is clear is that we need that type of civil discourse, the type of discourse that Better Angels is trying to delivery across our communities.
The Federalist // ‘I don’t know at what point we moved from disagreeing with the argument to hating the person, and that scared me. I decided I have to do something,’ says this Better Angels delegate.
St. Louis Public Radio // After the 2016 presidential election, David Blankenhorn, president of the national organization Better Angels, wanted to bring voters together to try to find common ground despite their political differences.
RealClearPolitics // During a time of deep political polarization, not everyone could get a representative from Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party in the same room. But an organization known as Better Angels can do it – and will – at its second bipartisan national convention later this week.
The Post-Star // Over the past couple weeks, Better Angels held two information programs and one skills workshop at the library. More than 50 turned out for the three meetings. Each person at the meeting was asked why they were there. More than one talked about how the political divide had impacted family relationships.
USA Today // In the Trump age, political polarization in the United States has never been higher. Groups like Better Angels are promoting civility to lower angst.
Greenfield Recorder // Alternating “red,” “blue,” “red,” blue” in their seating, 16 participants at a recent Better Angels workshop spent seven hours working toward bridging their political differences.
Chillecothe Gazette // The Better Angels Workshop has participants examining stereotypes: the ones they have about the other side of the political spectrum and also the ones that the other side might have about them.
The Rotarian Magazine // “Applying The Four-Way Test to the idea of having a civil conversation is really appropriate,” Nelson Holmberg explains. “Being able to be part of both Rotary and Better Angels is incredibly valuable.”
Hastings Star Gazette // Much of Doherty’s advice centers on active listening. The first step to a productive conversation where participants walk away learning, he said, is for everyone involved to commit to not trying to convert others to their beliefs.
CBS19 NEWS // Judith Minter, the co-moderator of Better-Angels.org, discusses Better Angels.
The Post-Star // If you are disgusted with politics and the current state of political parties, you should do something about it.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press // Bill Doherty gets emotional when he recites a favorite quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.
Catalyst // Truth springs from argument amongst friends. —David Hume, 18th C. Scottish empiricist and philosopher
ABC 6 News // The political divide is prominent and it can be argued that it’s the deepest it has ever been. Labels such as conservatives, moderates, independents, tea partiers, and socialists are seen as more than party affiliations, it becomes part of your identity as a person or citizen of the United States.
Clinton Herald // Just as warmer weather brought hints of spring to the Clinton region this past weekend, so was there a dramatic thawing of the often icy relationships between Republicans and Democrats thanks to a series of workshops with the Better Angels organization.
Florida Today // Tired of hyper partisanship? Are you concerned when you hear political leaders or friends and neighbors refer to those who hold opposing political views as “the enemy” or “evil?”
Victoria Advocate // We urge everyone to practice civility now more than ever. We also challenge you to befriend others who don’t necessarily believe in what you do. You don’t know what relationships you’re missing out on if you immediately label others around you.