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After decades of "progress" and billions of dollars, 
why are Americans more divided than ever?

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BY RABBI MICHAEL G. HOLZMAN

Working together has never been easy, but add in politics and people’s passions and it becomes downright difficult. This is especially true when it comes to important issues that affect everyday lives in America. Using a Dungeons and Dragons analogy, Rabbi Holzman explores why America continues to be divided and polarized and what must be done in order to effectively work together again. 

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Something is broken.

 

From the polls to the pews, America has a problem with itself. And the worst part is that we're pretending to solve it. After decades of supposed progress, Americans are more divided than ever.

 

Through non-profits and the government, America has spent billions fixing issues like racism, islamophobia, polarization, and radicalization. But it’s getting worse.

We are Gen Zs and Millennials living in this divided world and we are asking:

Why aren't our solutions working? 

Are the solutions making it worse?

What should we do instead?

How can I make a difference?

WHAT WENT WRONG publishes answers to the hard questions nobody is asking, and advocates real solutions to problems nobody is (actually) solving.

Our focus is two-fold:

1. Uncovering why America's leaders, government, and non-profits aren't successful

2. Advocating fresh solutions worth trying

Our sole requirement is that our solutions apply to all of us: anyone can do them, they cost no money, they aren't for experts.

 

That’s right: We’re fixing America at the kitchen table. No fancy titles, ivy league degree, budget, or fancy trainings required.

From the team at Neighborly Faith, thanks for reading. 

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BY KHALED A. BEYDOUN

America is deeply divided along racial, religious, and ideological lines. Americans loudly proclaim their identity labels like “anti-vaxxer” and “intersectional feminist” while drowning out other identifiers that matter. People set up camps in these labels, drawing lines and forming an “us vs. them” mindset that polarizes. Unity seems impossible. Beydoun discusses how to find that unity, even amid all the noise.

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BY JUSTIN E. GIBONEY

Most Christians want a reconciled and fully united Church. But despite investing time and mastering the optics, attempts to bring Christians together are falling short. 

 

Giboney argues that majority church has failed to count the cost of reconciliation. The Church’s history of racism has been devastatingly painful, but Christians often seek painless paths toward restoration. Many Christians very simply don’t want to sacrifice enough to get the job done. 

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BY ANDREW T. WALKER

The “woke” progressive barista from Brooklyn who champions the de-criminalization of “sex work” may truly have little in common with the conservative Christian mailman from rural Alabama who loves Tucker Carlson.

 

No one ever said these two had to get along or be friends. But can they now even co-exist? 

Walker finds timeless and actionable solutions from the ancient biblical prophet Isaiah, with whom God connects reason with reconciliation.

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BY ASMA T. UDDIN

Social scientists have identified a phenomenon they call the “false enforcement of unpopular norms.” People who are open-minded are often willing to express a close-minded position because of perceived social pressure to conform.  

When a person privately has an open-minded position and is either discouraged from expressing it or willing to express it but not back up his or her words with action, the possibility of change feels elusive.