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Dear Readers,

We are delighted to present our December edition which has been guest edited by Robin Richardson.

 

Robin introduces this month’s theme: –

OPPOSITES OF HATE

 

 All over the western world at present there seems to be an increase in hate – or, at the very least, an increase in distrust, suspicion, bitterness, anxiety, fear. Remainers and leavers, republicans and democrats, Muslims and non-Muslims, women and men, older and younger, cosmopolitan and nationalist, straight and gay, comfortable and left-behind, insiders and outsiders, self and other, us and them, all these binaries, all this dualism. Trolls, snarls, curses, rudeness, impatience.  What are the causes? What are the opposites? What constructive, creative, imaginative ways ahead are worth considering? Most of these readings, reflections and resources for December 2018 were first published earlier this year.

BLOG : Opposites of Hate: a field guide to repairing our humanity by the American commentator Sally Kohn was published in April. ‘The opposite of hate,’ she writes, ‘is the beautiful and powerful reality of how we are all fundamentally linked and equal as human beings. The opposite of hate is connection.’  A brief extract is HERE

STORY: Standing Up – one young person’s journey – HERE

GALLERY: articles and talks in the year of Brexit and Trump – HERE

TALES:  remembering, resisting, renewing –  HERE

WAKEUP:  expressions and icons of hope – HERE

 

Guest editor, Robin Richardson

About Robin – In the 1980s Robin was adviser for multicultural education for Berkshire County Council and in that capacity supported World Education Berkshire (WEB) based in Ascot. Later he was director of the Runnymede Trust, concerned with race relations, and acted as drafting editor for reports on antisemitism, Islamophobia, multi-ethic Britain, and religion in public life. Nowadays he manages the Insted website at www.insted.co.uk, and his blog, entitled The Prose and the Passion, is at https://instedconsultancy.wordpress.com/

 

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Trained to Hate

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Emotional correctness is about communicating compassion and mutual respect, not only with your words but with your intent and tone. I’m still an ardent fan, but I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to practise, catching myself slipping into anger and swimming in hate.

Especially in the last few years.

I was sort of trained to hate. Before I became a television commentator, I worked for fifteen years as a community organiser, fighting for policy reform on issues like lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, health care, criminal justice and immigration.

Right-wingers were my enemies, and I hated them.

… Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States of America made my blood boil. I couldn’t believe the level of hate he so readily and proudly spewed against Muslims, women, immigrants and African-Americans.

I remember feeling dumbfounded when George W Bush was re-elected in 2004 … I may not have consciously categorised Bush voters as less than human, but I certainly thought they were less than American and certainly less than me – less smart, less understanding and, ironically enough, less compassionate.

I didn’t think any of that was particularly hateful.

I just thought I was correct.

  • From The Opposite of Hate: a field guide to repairing our humanity by Sally Kohn, Algonquin Books 2018, pp 1-2.

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STANDING UP – Isra Chaker  

This is a shortened version of an article on the Teen Vogue website in the United States, 16 November 2018. The author is Refugee Campaign Lead with Oxfam America in Washington, D.C. She describes here her journey from being bullied by other students when was at school to her present work challenging the discriminatory policies of the Trump Administration.

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No. 15 – Staying Awake

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In the struggle to oppose hate, and to replace it with fierce love and compassion, it’s necessary ─ though often or usually stressful ─ to remain awake, watchful, hopeful.

One way to remain awake and hopeful is through the arts. Below there are links to six pieces of artistic creativity. All contain music, and all contain elements of drama and theatrical performance.

The countries of origin include France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States.

Transformative power

An illustrated talk (about 20 minutes) about the power of music to transform lives, yours, mine, everyone’s – HERE 

Light in dark times

A sermon in December 2018 beginning and ending with affirmations of Bono’s song There is a Light, written after the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 –  HERE

Happiness – and watch out !

Animated film (about four minutes) that takes a wry look at doomed searches for well-being, fulfilment and bliss somewhere apart from where we actually live – HERE 

Strictly inclusive

TV celebration of inclusive choreography, everyone but everyone special, November 2018 – HERE 

Joy in the public square

That famous dream of shared humanity and world community, adopted as the anthem of the European Union – HERE

I didn’t die, says he

‘What they forgot to kill went on to organise’, the unending a luta continua onwards and upwards to justice , and to positive peace – HERE 

Hold On

If there is a light
We can’t always see
If there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out

Hold on, Hold on.

Bono 2017

 

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