Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Who knows why the geese go barefoot?

"Frank, independent, and courageous analysis with a deep aversion to sham and pretense wherever it appears."
E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. This unique family history and genealogy also speaks to the current partisan divisions in America and serves as a timely reminder of our collective capacity for both tyranny and compassion as well as our ability to resist the baser instincts in ourselves and others - to "stake everything on a formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions" (Albert Camus, "Neither Victims Nor Executioners"). The German Kühner (Knörr, Köener) surname is a derivative of Kühn and has been anglicized in a variety of ways including Keener, Kenner, and Kunner. Like the related English word keen (keener, keenest), the German kühn is ultimately derived from the Proto-Indo-European ǵenə- or ǵnō- ‎(“to know”).

In this concise narrative with extensive references and supplemental online content, you will get to know nine generations of residents of the Catawba River Valley in North Carolina. But you will also be encouraged to reflect on our common humanity and embrace our rich diversity. In just over 10,000 words (a sixty minute read), the author uncovers a quarter millennium of genealogy and local history associated with his family while embracing an expansive vision of religious tolerance that “should motivate readers to examine their own values and better prepare them for the challenges facing their family, nation, and planet” (William Gay, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte).

Copyright © 2017 by Wilhelm Kühner

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.
ISBN: 978-0-9985905-0-9

First Edition: Published January 20, 2017 by Kühner Kommentar an Amerika.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Announcing my new publication: Kühner-Kommentar on Amerika

Quick update since I haven't posted here in a while...

After writing a few pieces for Dan Arel's Modern Left publication, Dan decided to discontinue his Medium publication. As a result, I have created my own: Kühner-Kommentar on Amerika. I will be using a pen name (or German translation of my real and original family name) for that publication.

Hope you enjoy it, and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter or consider becoming a patron to support this exciting new online publication of frank, independent, and courageous analysis with a deep aversion to sham and pretense wherever it appears. I will continue to post some new content here (and all the legacy content on this blog will remain here), but most of my new (topical) content will be published in this new publication (or in some special cases, to the associated Patreon account for my patrons) only.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

For my white friends outraged or embarrassed by the riots in Charlotte: Do something...

Martin Luther King Jr. Public Domain.
In times like this it becomes clear who is "more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity." Regardless of the facts in this particular case, it is time for white Americans to recognize that we have a serious problem that requires empathy, knowledge, and constructive actions - not implicit bias and selective outrage. More transparency would be a good place to start: North Carolina should repeal HB 972

Your outrage, just like the violent "language of the unheard," is not helpful. Contact your state and federal legislators. Vote. Get more engaged in your local community. Do something...
"I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way. But at the same time, it is necessary for me to be vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots. I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the [African American] poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

ACLU Action Alert: Ask Charlotte Mayor Roberts and Police Chief Putney to release footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s killing.