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Why Are Americans so Angry?
Americans are angry and growing more (1)_____________, but the reasons are mixed. At shopping day sales, they fight over who gets the (2)____________. At their children’s soccer games, they (3)________________ if their team is not winning.
Political candidates use language (4)_____________ America’s friends and neighbors. And in the extreme, some become so angry over  (5)____________, politics and power that they commit (6)_______________ on strangers. Or threaten people with religions they do not like.
“I just received a (7)______________ in my own office,” Representative Andrew Carson, a Democrat from Indiana told CNN Tuesday. “And it is largely (due) to the environment, this toxic environment.”
Carson is one of two Muslim-Americans in Congress. He says the death threat came one day after Republican Donald Trump (8)_________________ ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S., if he is elected president.
But Americans are also angry and divided about continued (9)______________. Also fueling the anger are divisions over such issues as immigration, same-sex marriage, (10)_______________, gun control, police treatment of African-Americans and climate change.
Just in the last week:
  • - Angry (11)______________ blocked traffic in Chicago, Illinois to protest the delayed release of a video showing a white police officer (12)______________ a 17-year-old African-American.
  • - At a town council meeting in a small Indiana town, a fight (13)___________ after a vote to replace the town’s marshal.
  • - (14)__________ over gun control grew even angrier. Supporters of gun control asked why opponents are not even willing to stop terrorists from getting guns. Gun rights supporters (15)_____________ some want to take away their rights to own guns.

Robert Thompson is director of Syracuse University’s Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. He says no one (16)_____________ Americans have a lot to be angry about.
But it does not mean the anger (17)____________ historic levels, Thompson says. It used to be that angry Americans had (18)_______________ to express their anger.You could write a letter to your local newspaper, but by the time it was published, you had time to cool off. Those were times before (19)________________ news and the Internet.
Says Thompson: “Now, we all get to show how angry we are. We can go on the Internet and proclaim our anger to the (20)____________. It is not like we have not been angry before. Settlers to America were angry enough at the British to begin (21)___________.”
The reasons people say they are unhappy include: a shrinking (22)___________, young people worried about debt and job prospects, a (23)_____________ about terrorism and a belief the political system favors the wealthy,according to polls by the Wall Street Journal/NBC and the Pew Research Center.
Despite 62 straight months of job growth, many Americans worry about their ability to meet (24)________________.
Twenty seven percent of (25)_____________ expect to run out of savings before they die, according to a June survey by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Baby boomers are people born between (26)_____________.
And Generation Xers – people born between 1965 and 1980 – are also nervous. Thirty seven percent do not “at all feel (27)_____________,” and 20 percent expect to outlive their savings, the Northwestern Mutual survey found.
Russell Jones is director of the Stress and Coping Lab and a (28)____________ at Virginia Tech University. He said recent terror attacks and mass shootings (29)________________.

“The increase in trauma we are hearing, watching and reading about and, in some cases, experiencing, is making the anger and stress (30)______________,” Jones says.
He is referring not only to the San Bernardino shootings, but also (31)______________: the Paris terror attacks, which killed 130 people and the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, which killed three. On Monday,(32)____________________ the third anniversary of the attack that killed 20 first graders and six educators at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.
Mary Niall Mitchell, a (33)__________________ at the University of New Orleans,says this is an important time for the United States. There are (34)______________ in social norms, for example, legalization of same-sex marriage, a growing immigrant population and (35)____________________ to pressure police departments and colleges to treat African-Americans fairly.
Some are (36)_________________ those changes, but others do not think change is happening fast enough, she says.
Says Mitchell: “From the historian’s perspective, angry societies are (37)______________: anger can result in bigotry, oppression and violence, but can also be a (38)____________ and over time, produce more equitable societies.”
For some, the (39)_________________ is becoming too much. Kat Goldman, a singer-songwriter who lives in Boston, posted on her Facebook page that recent events in America are prompting a return to her native Canada.
“The U.S. truly is the land where (40)___________________, and I made some of my own dreams come true while I was here,” Goldman says.
But she (41)__________________ some reasons to leave: “out-of-control gun violence,” Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim visitors and “this group of people (terrorists) who want to (42)____________________.”
Bruce Alpert reported on this story for VOA Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

Words in This Story

frustrated – adj. very angry, discouraged, or upset because of beingunable to do or complete something
assaultv. the crime of trying or threatening to hurt someone physically
coachn. a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer
commitv. to do something that is illegal or harmful
strangern. someone who you have not met before or do not know
toxicadj. very unpleasant
prevalentadj. happening often or over a large area
proclaim – v. to declare or announce something
shrinkingadj. to become smaller in amount, size, or value
prospects – n. the possibility that something will happen in the future
psychologyn. the science or study of the mind and behavior
stressedv. a state of mental tension
trauman. a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someoneto have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time
uncomfortable -- adj. causing a feeling of physical discomfort
perspectiven. a way of thinking about and understanding something
bigotryn. bigoted acts or beliefs
oppression -- n. unjust treatment
equitableadj. dealing fairly and equally with everyone
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