After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses shocked Republicans and Democrats alike. Did this represent a major breakpoint in American politics? Why have Confederate symbols and ideas suddenly returned to the public sphere, not to mention HBO? And how should Americans comprehend the relationship between these extremist currents and the Trump administration? Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum explore these questions with Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson.
- “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” (VICE News)
- “Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now” (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
- “Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: 'Some Very Fine People on Both Sides’” (Rosie Gray)
- “The Myth of the Kindly General Lee” (Adam Serwer)
- “The Lost Cause Rides Again” (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
- “‘Barack Obama is to blame’: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville” (Jeff Stein, Vox)
- “‘Really Proud of Him’: Alt-Right Leaders Praise Trump’s Comments” (Rosie Gray)
- The Plot Against America (Philip Roth)
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