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View: Charlottesville: Race and Terror (2017), a VICE video. (Run time: 22:04) A warning (TW): this video contains offensive language, references to violence and hate speech, and may well be upsetting and hurtful to many viewers.

Charlottesville and the events there on a weekend in August 2017 were shocking to many who witnessed it both in person and via the many media outlets that covered the story.

In class, we have begun our look at how so many societies, both historically and today, divide people into those who are identified as “us” and “them.” We do this in a whole variety of ways and the identification of an “us” and “them” are often changing and have a certain fluidity.

That said, what happened in Charlottesville takes any notion of “us” and “them” well beyond a version 2.0 of the concept.

Reporter Elle Reeve (then of VICE News) covered the story and took us inside the thinking of some of the perpetrators of the violence in Charlottesville. To say the least, this clip (which I asked you to watch in connection with this post) is both eye-opening and terrifying.

So here’s what I’d like you to address in this post:

  • Why? Why is this happening now? And what does it portend for the future? (Yes, 2017 was a few years ago now but as you might imagine, it’s easy to draw a line from Charlottesville to what happened on January 6, 2021 and the ongoing polarization in this country.)
  • How would we describe the phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville? What’s motivating the different folks protesting there and why do they see the world as they do?
  • Finally, how is this phenomenon connected to what we were doing in class this week—that is, looking at the phenomenon of “bubbling” and categorizing?

Just in case you were not in class on Wednesday, we watched nearly all of a documentary on what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The documentary was from PBS’ Frontline and was titled Documenting Hate, Charlottesville. Run time was 54 minutes.
West Roxbury, MA, US
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Who is "we" and who is "they"?

In 2017, two opposing groups with widely different views gathered to protest different ideas. The first group was an anti-racist group, which was marching peacefully throughout the town of Charlottesville. In the past decades, civil rights, or just basic human rights for people have color, have been being fought for all around the country. In contrast to this movement, many white supremacy groups and Neo-Nazis groups made their opinions and views very clear. In the video with reporter Elle Reeve, she talks to a few white supremacists who are leading the opposing rally. Something that this portends for the future is as more people come together and fight for the basic human rights of all Americans, there will always be a small minority group that opposes these views and continue to spread racism and hate.

A large majority of the people protesting for black lives were quickly shut down by Neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters. In the video, Christopher Cantwell tells reporter Elle Reeve about how him and his group need to "cleanse the world" of people who are not white. There is also an extremely disturbing clip of a car driving through a group of relatively peaceful anti-racist protesters. Obviously, many were angry at the disgusting acts of the driver, but Cantwell claimed that driving the car was necessary to calm the people down, it "wasn't violent", and they could potentially become more violent. I think the Neo-Nazis see the world the way they do because of the environment they grew up in, and the idea of white supremacy surrounding them. The anti-racist, Black Lives Matter protesters are advocates for human rights and understand the value of peaceful protesting.

This phenomenon relates to "bubbling" because everywhere people are categorized into specific groups, usually based on race. In this situation, the white supremacists believe that America needs to be cleansed of people of color, and they are all the same, tieing back into ideas of "bubbling". Because race is on of the first things it often defines who we are as people. Many people, specifically the white supremacy group, sees people of color as "they" and white people as "we".

Boston, MA, US
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Who is the "we" and who is the "they"?

This is happening now is because a man of great influence who supported these actions became the president of our country. So that not only supported his claims but gave him more influence over federal authorities. This gave the white supremicist the ok they had been waiting for. It gave them a reason to unite after finally having a public figure to back them. For the future I think this means the continuation of these riots because when they were first pushed underground it took years to get to that point, so now that they have basically arisen it will take time to push them back down. And with covid they have just kept getting more fuel for their hatred.

The phenomenon that happened was the internet becoming a place to easily access and share information. This would make it easier to assemble people and spread propaganda and misinformation to get their way. What is motivating the Black Lives Matter protesters is wanting a more inclusive and accepting environment that doesn’t promote negative behavior such as confederates. But for the white supremicest their motivation seemed more like they finally had a reason to lash out at people with the weapons that are legally allowed to have, and get rid of the people they believe are ruining the country.

This is connected by how they used to just group people together, not trying to see the differences, and correlating bad behavior with race, i.e the reason the government is becoming corrupt (in their opinion) is because of the jews, which clearly isn’t true. The categories only recently started to grow because of people finding an easier way to educate these people, and uniting together to make a difference. Before if you weren’t white you were put in the same category as everyone else who wasn’t white. And it remained that way for a while only starting to change recently because of the better facilitation of online use due to new social media apps on the internet.

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Who is the "we and who is the "they"?

1. I believe that this is happening now due to our recent leadership. As mentioned in the documentary we watched today in class, and by many of the white nationalists in the video, Former President Trump gave this group a voice. Because he was in such a position of power, his words were extremely powerful, and many of those words correlated to the things which groups such as the alt-right believed and fought for. As a result, they most likely felt more emboldened to take such action as was taken in Charlottesville. Not only that, but with his words, the former president also emboldened those who disagreed with him to fight back. At this point, Trump had only been in office for a few months. However, I suspect that he acted as a catalyst for something that may have happened regardless, although it may have been less extreme. It is most likely that Charlottesville occurred when it did as a result of both rising tensions between the two sides, as well as Trump’s words. In terms of the future, I believe that things will most likely continue down a path of potential extremes. Despite the fact that we have a new president, tensions will most likely continue to rise with both sides attempting to make extreme change within our country. The former president’s words emboldened both sides into sort of an “awakening”; as we’ve seen, Charlottesville was not a one-time occurrence. It was simply the beginning of protests that turned violent as a result of people feeling emboldened by hate speech.

2. The phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville is a mob mentality. While it may have started semi-peaceful, it most definitely did not stay that way. This is most likely due to mob mentality; more and more people saw the groups gathering, and went to the side they most agreed with. Then, once the fighting started, more and more people joined in as a result of mob mentality (defined by Merriam-Webster as “the tendency of the people in a group to think and behave in ways that conform with others in the group rather than as individuals”). Thus, they saw what the group was doing, and joined in, regardless of reasoning. The groups who originally planned to protest were most likely motivated by their own beliefs. As those on the alt-right stated in the documentary and video, they wanted to make a name for themselves and establish a physical presence. Those opposing them were most likely motivated by the speech of the alt-right and felt it needed to be opposed and that they needed to speak up against such extreme hate speech. However, those that joined later were, as stated above, most likely motivated by a mob mentality, as well as their own beliefs. As more and more people joined in the protests (although I’m not sure you could call them protests after a certain point), tensions rose and rose until chaos broke out.

3. While mob mentality is characterized as people doing things as a group instead of individually, in this scenario, both groups or “mobs” were united under a single belief- the anti-racist, Black Lives Matter protestors, and the alt-right protesters, who believed that America would be better if it were to revert back to a more “traditional” time. Thus, each group is characterized by that belief. Those who were there were with one group or the other; thus they were characterized by their beliefs. Not only that but to the alt-right group, people were also categorized by race and ethnicity. They could be seen chanting things such as “Jews will not replace us” or “White lives matter”, very clearly indicating that they see people, or “bubble” them according to their race and/or ethnicity, as it is their belief that white people are superior. Thus, both groups were categorized and characterized by their beliefs and morals.

Boston, Massachusetts , US
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Who is the “we” and who is the “they”?

The protests and violence in Charlottesville were not the first of their kind, only the largest. As the documentary we watched in class said, there had been gatherings of white supremacists leading up to this one. There have also been similar events since then. All of them have connections to the political climate in America today. The alt-right and white supremacy that is so prevalent today could be a reaction to changes in the country, such as electing the first Black president. White people who might have already been racist may have felt that they were losing too much power, and that they needed to take it back. With Donald Trump’s election, they might have felt inspired to be more open about their white supremacist views. He did not denounce them, so they may have taken that as encouragement. Because Trump has such a strong following by the alt-right, his promotion of conspiracy theories (about the election and otherwise) only fueled these people to feel the need to “defend” them, which showed itself in the form of the insurrection on the US capitol on January 6. The protesters in Charlottesville were also inspired by conspiracy theories regarding the motives of the left, as well as about Jews and people of color. Conspiracy theories are still a major issue, and if they continue to spread, there will almost definitely be more incidents of white supremacy like the one in Charlottesville.

The white supremacists in Charlottesville seemed to be motivated by fear of anyone they view as the “other”, fear of losing power, as well as conspiracy theories about the “others” trying to undermine white people. They might see the world like this because they had been surrounded by white people their whole lives, and saw other people as a threat, or they might have been exposed to a lot of alt-right propaganda. The Internet is a highly effective way to spread misinformation, and access to the Internet without being able to know real from false information can lead to people believing conspiracy theories. Internet algorithms can create rabbit holes and echo chambers of similar media, so consuming any alt-right media could cause someone to continue to consume and believe it because they are so surrounded by it. The counter-protesters and anti-fascist groups were motivated by their fight for equal rights and their disagreement with the white supremacist groups also in Charlottesville that day. It also seems that they wanted to prove that the white supremacists did not speak for everyone.

This phenomenon is connected to the concept of “bubbling” because the white supremacists saw anyone who was not white as “other” or as just part of a category, as opposed to real people. They made broad generalizations about entire ethnic groups and categorized people based on whether or not they fit their definition of “good”.

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This is happening because of a gradual build of white supremacy, nationalism and anti semitism in the country. When Donald Trump became president, those on the alt right became emboldened. They finally felt that they had a voice and that their way of thinking was accepted. One of the main organizers even said that he wishes they had a leader who was like Donald Trump, but even more racist and anti semitic. This portends that white supremacy and nationalism are extremely prevalent in America, and many of these people will proudly admit to wanting an ethno-state. A gathering of this kind could happen again, especially if we have a president that emboldens them.

This is an effect of nationalism, white supremacy and anti semitism that has been prevalent since the creation of this country. These individuals often claim to want a more “traditional” America, or saying that since white people built this country, they should be the ones in charge. They don’t even think to recognize that Indigenous people were on American land first. They genuinely believe that non white people are inferior to them, and inherently more violent. They see the world this way because of a culture of racism. They grew up with this mindset and were caused to believe that America is the greatest country on earth, specifically a white America.

Alt Right people group every single person that they would assume to be against them together. Whether that’s a person of color, someone who is queer, anti fasicsts, anti racists and the rest, they believe that they are superior over these people. One protester was maced twice, and both times he blamed it on communists. There was no evidence for this, and it could’ve been someone also on the alt right. However, because he groups all of these people together, he will always place the blame on them. Several times people would string together all these different labels as the things they were trying to fight. Anti American, jewish, anti fascist, anti white etc. They label people very quickly, and if they disagree with any of those they will be violent against them.

Boston, MA, US
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Who is the “we” and who is the “they”?: Ruminating on the disquieting messages of Charlottesville

I strongly believe that the events that took place in Charlottesville in 2017 and on Capitol Hill are direct results of Donald Trump. The rhetoric that he released to his supporters ignited them. His narrative made white supremacists and neo-Nazis feel comfortable enough to express their appalling hatred in the public, taking it as far as killing and injuring people. Trump’s dangerous words in the form of promoting conspiracy theories, avoiding to denounce white supremacy, and failing to take a strict stance against other hate groups, fuel his alt-right supporters. I am hopeful that because Trump is out of office this rhetoric will be spread less through national media, yet I am not naive to the lingering polarization and hatred in this country. If the spread of hate speech and inciting violence continues through powerful politicians however, I expect these situations to worsen. Also, if social media platforms do not begin strengthening their protection against these violent postings, I expect something as tragic as these events to occur again.

I would describe the phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville as an intolerance for the “they”. The alt-right side’s intolerance is ethnically and racially motivated, as they claimed for “ethnic cleansings” and other alternatives to rid their “homeland” from people of color. The opposition’s intolerance is categorized as an intolerance to hate, as they are often seen carrying and chanting messages resisting Nazism, white supremacy, and the KKK. The protestors are motivated in various ways. For example, the internet acted as a system to link “Unite the Right” protesters, giving them a forum to organize their rally. As @hisoka said, the internet has recently become a place of spreading propaganda as a way for groups to build their numbers. The internet also shared videos and pictures of these rallies, provoking counter-protestors to join in the resistance. I believe that racism, hatred, and bigotry is taught. This could have been established at an early age, or further developed on modern platforms like social media. Unfortunately, these lessons cause people to see the world according to the statements they have been exposed to. In the case of the white nationalists, they see the world as belonging to white people and ruled by “American,” or white ways of life. Those who were counter-protesting probably see the world as a very sad and hateful place because the messages they have chosen to learn from are those surrounding equality and anti-racism.

In the VICE video, white nationalist, Christopher Cantwell placed black boys and men into a box of “little black a**hole behaving like a savage”. He goes on to say that his “fellow white people'' are not inclined to this same behavior. I found this extremely ignorant because Cantwell mentioned Trayvon Martin as an example of one of the black people that “[got] himself in trouble, “ however, Trayvon was simply a 17-year-old boy returning from a store. Cantwell’s racism caused him to categorize an innocent black boy solely based on the tone of Trayvon’s skin. This video showed that “bubbling” an individual into a specific and distinct oval is harmful.

Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Who is the 'we' and who is the 'they'

Why is this happening now? Sometimes you have to think about what the context must be in order for an event like the one at Charleston to take place. Maybe there is a bigger problem on a national problem, and that was exactly the situation here. Donald Trump was president, a racist white man who refused to condone the actions of these bigots, and allowed for them to feel comfortable enough to commit hate crimes in an extremely public setting. But how does this effect the future? If you look at the recent news, you will be able to see that even though Trump isn't the president anymore, horrific events with racial motivation are still taking place. Once people get comfortable enough to do something horrific once, whats stopping them from doing it again and again?

A way I would describe the events that took place in Charleston is uncontrolled mental anger turning into physical anger. The white supremacists were upset about the statue of a racist slaveholder possibly being taken down, and they turned the town into a fight scene. The hard question is why do they see the world the way that they do, and I wish I had an answer for it. The only thing I can say I honestly believe is they are just plain idiotic. Having a mindset of being superior because of your skin color, or because of your religion is just straight up stupid.

Now is the question for how this phenomenon is connected to what we were learning in class this week. The same way people were categorized by race for something that has seemingly no correlation whatsoever is the way white supremacists feel comfortable perpetuating stereotypes. If they were to see one of the forms I saw, which mentioned the attendance rates of Black students of one year, they would turn it into a thing of Black children not giving a crap about school, and add other racists nonsense onto it.

Boston, MA, US
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Who is the “we” and who is the “they”?

1. “This” has been happening for years. White supremacy has always existed in the United States and it’s possible it always will. White supremacists have always been angry and violent from the time when the KKK ruled the south to now. There are many reasons why Charlottesville happened in 2017. One reason was the hateful redirect spewed by our then president, his words only fueled hatred that was already strong. Trump’s support of their cause only gave them the push they needed to act that day and many more times afterward. The internet and different app spaces have also made it easier for white supremacist groups to become highly organized, plan out their violent protests and spread their rhetoric. Social media platforms simply aren’t doing enough to shut these groups down. The inaction of the police didn’t help either, the police have been upholding white supremacy since their creation. As we saw in the documentary in class as well as the video from VICE, the police watched as people were beaten up. They took little to no action against the white supremacist groups, emboldening these groups to become more violent. What is the point of the police if they stand there and do nothing? What are we supposed to do when the people who are supposed to protect us are the white supremacists themselves?

2. I would describe the phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville as white nationalism. White nationalists have been at work in this country since it was founded so it’s no surprise that they still find the motivation to protest. As the United States diversifies they see this as a threat to their whiteness. Our society has taught us to associate whiteness with what’s good in the world whether we realize it or not and these white supremacists choose to believe in their racial superiority. White nationalists see history through the eyes of Europeans, their ancestors, who they believe were the victors of history. They are inspired by past white nationalist movements which they use as justification for their own actions. Maybe they were raised to think this way and maybe they weren’t but at this point, there aren’t any excuses for their actions as they are making the choice to believe the propaganda they see and allowing themselves to be empowered by it.

3. This phenomenon is connected to what we’re doing in class because society separates us by race, which is why we even have those bubble forms, to begin with. In the context of Charlotteville, there were the white nationalists who are strongly aligned with their racial identity who are often pitted against the Black Lives Matter movement, founded to defend black lives. Race is what categorizes each group and the distinction between races is essential to understanding the purpose of each. The white supremacists categorize black people as criminals and believe in their own racial superiority, trying to separate themselves as much as possible.

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I think one of the main reasons situations like this are occurring more and more now is because of unity and because of Donald Trump. The way the internet can connect different groups of people fosters this kind of group unification. People can participate anonymously in discussions online, they can find other people with similar ideas and they can create groups like these. The second reason I think this is happening is because Donald Trump opened the door for this kind of behavior. White supremacists have always been a part of American history but were hidden in the shadows more recently, people wanted to hide their racism. Donald Trump stands as a leader for white supremaisits. He makes them feel like it’s okay to be racist, to be open about it, and to actively fight for white supremacy. I think in Charlottesville people feel the strength in numbers. White men see other white men going out and supporting white supremacy so they gain confidence that they are on the right side and that they should be fighting for “their people”as well. They may see the world like this because of how they were raised, or because they are close minded. If they had been taught from a young age white people are good and black people are bad it would result in them believing these ideas, however this is not an excuse to be a white supremasist. At some point people must question the world around them and realize all people are the same deep down. This could be connected to the bubbles we talked about in class in that if someone lives their whole life only talking to the same people about the same white supremasist ideas they will never change. Even if they hear the other side's point of view they may not really be listening at all. However if they let someone new into their bubble and really listened, maybe they would understand why they should not be a white supremasist anymore. It could also be interpreted that they view people in bubbles. All white people, all black people, all asian people, etc would be in different bubbles and they don’t believe those should be mixed. When in reality we are all in many different bubbles with many different people, because we are not only defined by our race.
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The events that occurred in Charlottesville in 2017 happened because the president allowed it to. After Trump's election in early January of 2017, white supremacists in the U.S. saw their chance to wreak havoc, knowing they would have undeniable support from their new president. So, these rioters went into Charlottesville ready to start a fight, wearing their Trump t-shirts, clothes with MAGA stamped on them, and carrying shields and sticks. And to no one's surprise, the president later stated that he believed both sides to be at fault. And this is why it even happened in the first place; the white supremacists were correct in assuming that Trump would defend them, which is why it's appalling that so few of them were even punished for their horrific actions. It's events like these that terrify me for the future. The fact that this and many other very clearly racist movements have occurred so recently is scary. These movements prove that no matter how much we strive for peace, equality, and justice, there will always be these hateful, violent groups who threaten those aspirations.

The phenomenon at work during these riots could be described as mob mentality. On the first night when the Neo Nazis and white supremacists marched with torches around a group of anti-white supremacists, we see this mentality begin. Even if it started with just a few people throwing kicks or punches, the rest of the crowd saw that and believed that it was okay to join in because others were doing it. The next day those physical alterations became even more violent, where people were even run over by a car, and a woman was killed. The primary motivation of these people came from fear; white supremacists and Neo Nazis fear that because the U.S. is home to all people from all different walks of life, they are threatened in becoming outnumbered. They see the world this way because of their privilege. Beng white (and mostly men), these people fear their privilege being stripped from them.

There were two types of people who showed up in Charlottesville that day, anti-racists and white supremacists. The white supremacists showed up believing that every black person opposing them was, as Christopher Cantwell put it, were going to behave "like a savage." This horrifying name-calling illustrates the way that white supremacists "bubbled" their opposers that day. Following the logic of these enormous generalizations, had Cantwell, as well as many other white supremacists (from their perspective the "us") who attended that day, had to fill out a bubbling sheet, would've all bubbled in the same box. The race box, or any other political ideal-related boxes. While in contrast, all their so-called "enemies" (the "them" from their perspective) would've filled out entirely different ones.

Boston, Massachusetts, US
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I believe that Charlottesville was the end result of many years of rising tensions and is itself a symptom of a global shift to the right, notable examples being India, Brazil, and much of Europe, especially Poland. Donald Trump's run for president and his eventual win in the election was the right catalyst at the right time for the United State's alt-right scene to explode. This slowly accumulated into the event that took place at Charlottesville, which brought all these groups to the limelight. I do believe that there was a major difference between Charlottesville and January 6th, the former consisted of all organized groups, whereas the bulk of those that took part in the assault on the Capitol were individuals swept up in the MAGA fervor.

Unlike January 6th, which is an example of mob mentality, Charlottesville was an example of something more complicated. They claim that they wanted to protest the removal of a statue, but what they really wanted was attention. The alt-right groups wanted to show to the world how much stronger they've gotten. Perhaps they were doing this in the hopes that the attention would grow their membership, I don't know. Once they met substantial conflict, that being the counter-protesters, the alt-right became enflamed, and took out their hatred on those who opposed them. These white supremist groups see the world as hostile to their race and their vision, believing that the world is hellbent on the destruction of white people.

The white supremacists see the world as a very "them" and "us" situation. "They" consists of any non-white race, the left, most politicians, anyone who opposes these hate groups. They see themselves as a small bubble surrounded by hostiles wishing to destroy them. These hostiles are seen though a shallow lens, in their own bubbles. Jews, black, Antifa, etc.

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Trump encouraged and urged on the neo-nazis and white-supremacists throughout his campaign and presidency. We saw it happen with the insurrection as well. Maybe it will be better with Trump gone but maybe not. It’s not just Trump, though. It’s also our system. In Documenting Hate, they talked about the extreme racism that occurs within prison systems. We know our judicial system is deeply problematic as well when it comes to prejudice and racism. Of course, the implicit bias within all of us can play a role as well, and it’s scary to think that it can stem out to something as awful as Charlottesville. The U.S. has a lot more work to do, and as people try to change the systems at work, there will be violent backlash from white supremacist and neo-nazi groups.

Throughout history, we’ve seen how having a group of people all with the same focus can lead to infamous events like Charlottesville. Both the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide have shown that being backed by a group gives the individual power, determination, and worst, the moral security to commit hate crimes. The security of others doing the same bad things encourages them even more. The white supremacists from the internet came together for what seemed like the first time other than on the internet, and with that came a combination of intense hatred, leading to the events at Charlottesville. That’s the motivation - hate. Fear of the “different”. To include the theme of the assignment, fear of “them.” They each have their own reasons for why they see the world as they do, from being raised that way to wanting to keep white control, but it all stems from fear and hate.

The white supremacists at Charlottesville hate everyone that didn’t fit into their own exact bubbled category. By putting people into their own boxes based on religion, race and sexual orientation, they were able to lump everyone who was different from them together, based solely on identity. In Charlottesville: Race and Terror, Cantwell described to Reeves in detail the difference between black and white people. He used the concept of social Darwinism, a concept used to elevate white people over all other races, despite the lack of any scientific support, and described black people as "savages." He explained with disgust the violence black people commit everyday. A couple days later, he excused the car driven by a white supremacist that killed someone and injured dozens more anti-racist protesters, and said he and his group would likely commit worse acts of violence. The hypocrisy of Cantwell's words and actions shows he's not concerned about violence, but about losing the power white men have had over everyone else since the United States first began.

Boston, MA, US
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  1. Like many said in the video, the events at Charlottesville were what people had been predicting and fearing would happen at some point. It was one really intense breaking point that had been building up. I think part of it definitely had to do with Trump’s words and backing of alt-right groups, inability to condemn white supremacy, and perpetuation of conspiracy theories. This emboldened alt-right groups to actually take to the streets. Also because the police barely did anything when protests got violent, including the ones before Charlottesville, it just showed these groups that what they were doing could continue and it was not going to be punished severely. We saw this again at the capitol in January, 4 years after Charlottesville. Although Trump is not in office anymore the horrifying events he helped fueled already happened, white nationalists are still everywhere, and things like this could happen again.
  1. What happened in Charlottesville were acts of white nationalism and white supremacy. These white supremacists and neo-Nazis even mentioned that what they were doing was a sort of “ethnic cleansing.” This is beyond horrifying. They believed that their place as white people in America was being threatened and they had to assert dominance and control, like how it was “originally.” White supremacists like this could have grown up in a very racist environment or could have been influenced by social media, like the video mentioned. The ideas of masculinity and being a defender of the country are intertwined. This kind of warrior mentality is what motivates neo-Nazis and white supremacists to physically take action.
  1. The white nationalists at Charlottesville believed that all black people were savages and criminals threatening America. This has to do with bubbling because the white nationalists were categorizing and demonizing an entire race. They also labelled anyone that wasn’t a part of their group as “anti-white.” We categorize each other by race and then some go further to categorize people based on their race. When someone is a different race as you, for some it’s easier to see them as “other” and block out any other aspect of them as a person.
Bumble Bee
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As many have mentioned, these horrific acts are happening because of the influence of Donald Trump. He enabled and encouraged white supremisist and antisemetic groups. They felt emboldened and empowered to take to the streets and commit horrendous acts of violence and hatred because the consequences probably wouldn’t be too dier. Cops do nothing to intervene as we saw when a man was being beaten in a parking lot next to a police station. The president said there was violence on both sides, not acknowledging that one side was blatantly wrong. The leader of the KKK thanked the president for supporting them. Racism and antisemitism didn’t start when Trump was elected, it is deep rooted in the history of our country. However, these people used to hide in the shadows, but with one of their own appointed the leader of the country, they felt that it was safe for them to come out in the open.

The phenomenon is created through a sense of security. White Supremacists and Neo Nazis have been able to find each other through social media and spread their message of hate. Studies have shown that people with conservative views on social media will be led to more alt right extremist views through the algorithm of these sites. Southern states have a lack of education on slavery and the civil war leading to many young people to not see a real issue in the country. Then they go on social media and are introduced to these extremist views. The phenomenon is a mixture of lack of education, social media, and mob mentality. There is safety in numbers so the more people find others with the same views as them the safer they feel to express these views.

In class we saw how people are typically categorized by their race. The white supremacists were doing the same thing. They felt that anyone who wasn’t white was an animal. They believe that the “others” are less intelligent, disgusting, and violent. They group a huge population of people together and base all of their actions on the minority. People don’t compare all white guys to Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer.

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