Our experience as a country reminds us that we are capable of overcoming the mightiest of obstacles. But whatever your politics, we cannot do it by sinking ever further into the culture of dishonesty and demonization that got us here.
At Braver Angels we, and our allies, are building a movement. It is a movement for reconciliation and goodwill in America that responds to the civic ailments and the cancer of animosity that has spread across our land.
At Braver Angels we are telling a different story about what is happening in America. Come join us.
We may need labels like “red” and “blue” to do what we do. But let us never confuse our labels with the truth of who we actually are.
Tim Keller and Jim Brown were not afraid to sacrifice their reputations on their side of the political and cultural divide because they were men of conviction and conscience.
This belief that love can transcend our differences is a belief that yet binds many Christians and non-Christians alike. We need love if we are to heal America. And we need the teachings and exemplars of love to come forth from our heritage to show us the way to mend.
But the question of whiteness is a profound one, arching over history, society, psychology and identity. Is whiteness a cancer? A legitimate identity? Or is it just another divisive racial category that obscures the value of the individual?
The answer is complicated for a Black man like me.
John Wood Jr. shares his personal reflection on the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with an important reminder for us all: healing is still possible.
U.S. Senate candidate Steven Olikara has already had an impact on American democracy. He joins John Wood, Jr. on the Braver Angels Podcast.
We cannot trust each other if we cannot tolerate the differences in our points of view. Still, aren’t some views wrong and perhaps dangerous as well? Braver Angels members and followers deserve a clear understanding of the principles that guide us. That is why we have published these Braver Angels Guidelines on Tolerance so that everyone who participates in and observes Braver Angels may understand exactly what informs our editorial and programming decisions.
Each of us is a product of our experiences. Understanding them helps us see that which makes the other human. This seems particularly important to me as we watch the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson unfold.
“Black lives matter enough to view black life through prisms more concerned with truth than with the political interests of professional Democrats and Republicans.”
This week we released an interview with Lorenzo Murphy, once righthand man to one of the most powerful drug dealers in America during the crack cocaine era: Freeway Rick Ross. The crack era gave rise to the phenomenon of mass incarceration, the decline of inner-city life and a new age of distrust between African-American communities and police. Our current controversies over race cannot be understood without an understanding of what happened to America—and black America—during this particular period of time.
How does one actresses controversy reveal the larger tensions between the African American and Asian American communities?
John Wood Jr. on YouTube’s censoring of Braver Angels’ recent podcast episode with Peter Wood
Whether you are against or for vaccine treatments, vaccine debates have instilled doubts and distrust among the American people. What will it take for us to come together and search for the truth on issues that matter most?
Bertrand Cooper explores the specific struggles of the black poor in contrast with black America at large.
Should conservatives empathize with the left on race?
Braver Angels staffers John Wood Jr. and Luke Phillips recount their journey to the front lines of the movement to depolarize America.
Do the tragedies of racism mean we should not be optimistic about America?
Are objective intellectuals really so objective about race?
John Wood Jr. and Dave Rubin challenge each other on the path to unity.
The Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from September 12, 2021.
Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from June 6, 2021.
The work of unity is a patriotic endeavor. But it is incumbent upon those of us who would take up this cause to recognize that one source of the division that plagues us is the language of patriotism itself.
Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from May 23rd, 2021.
Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from May 9nd, 2021.
Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from May 2nd, 2021.
Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter from April 25th, 2021.
Redressing injustice and rebuilding community will force us all to acknowledge our shortcomings. But we have to get started.