Love to Hate: America's Obsession with Hatred and Violence

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Appendixes

Appendix 1: The Five Most Critical Resolutions Each
of Us Can Make to Free Ourselves from Our Obsession
with Hatred and Violence

Resolution 1: I will own up when I lapse into one of the flawed thought processes or language patterns that underlie hatred. If I lapse in front of other people, especially children, I will have the courage to call myself on my error.

Resolution 2: I will consume popular culture critically. I will refuse to be a passive consumer of popular culture. I will think about what I am seeing and hearing. I will make a conscious choice about what I want to support as a consumer of media.

Resolution 3: I will not tolerate hatred silently. When someone in my life stereotypes or dehumanizes others, I will speak up. I will remember that passive tolerance of intolerance is at the very heart of our society's love affair with hatred and violence.

Resolution 4: I will encourage media literacy, critical thinking, and antihate initiatives in schools in my area. I will make the effort to find out how these issues are handled now and where school board members (and candidates) stand on these issues. Then I will vote.

Resolution 5: I will donate some money or some time (and skills) to an organization that works to rid our society of hatred and violence. I know that even a small financial contribution or an hour of volunteer

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