What’s So Funny ’Bout Peace, Love and Un­der­stand­ing?

Artists, ac­tivists and a pres­i­dent on how to com­bat di­vi­sive­ness and hate in the Trump era.

Newsweek - - Features -

mass shoot­ings, #metoo, fam­ily sepa­ra­tion, cli­mate change, im­peach­ment. The world is dark and get­ting darker. Or at least that’s what it seems like from the re­lent­less bar­rage of push alerts and Face­book posts blow­ing up our phones. In turn, we get an­gry, we de­spair, we with­draw. It’s a vi­cious cy­cle, with seem­ingly no re­prieve.

“We in the me­dia—be­cause of our own need for eye­balls and clicks and prof­its—we’re not telling the heal­ing sto­ries,” says au­thor Ir­shad Manji, who is among the peo­ple Newsweek spoke to about how to move be­yond fear and be­gin to fix our na­tion’s prob­lems. “We’re telling the sto­ries of the con­flicts. We need to hear both.”

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