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There is a long history of links between white nationalist movements and the U.S. military. Bo Zaunders/Corbis Documentary via Getty Images

Americans aren’t worried about white nationalism in the military – because they don’t know it’s there

People typically underestimate how much white nationalism goes on in the military, but when they learn the truth, they're concerned.
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on judicial appointments at the White House on Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump aligns ignorance with bigotry as he attempts to rewrite history

Donald Trump’s attack on racial injustice is an attempt to replace historical consciousness with historical amnesia. It's a racialized politics of organized forgetting.
At the turn of the 20th century, marriage was assumed to be an exercise in mutual misery. Getty Images

The white supremacist origins of modern marriage advice

Concerned about the state of marriage – and thus the ability of whites to procreate – eugenicists were behind some of the earliest modern marriage manuals.
Protesters at the Richmond, Virginia monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee on June 18, 2020. Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images

African Americans have long defied white supremacy and celebrated Black culture in public spaces

Protests of Confederate flags and monuments have grown since 2015, but resistance is not new. African Americans have been protesting against Confederate monuments since they were erected.
Brazil’s ‘Festa Confederada.’ Organizers say the annual event celebrates their Southern American heritage, but some Black Brazilians disagree. Jordan Brasher

Confederate flags fly worldwide, igniting social tensions and inflaming historic traumas

Symbols of the Confederacy can be seen in Brazil, Ireland, Germany and beyond. While some people may not grasp their racist history, others clearly fly the 'rebel flag' to defend white supremacy.
A New Jersey minister welcoming members of the KKK into his church in 1923. Bettmann via Getty Imageshttps://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/this-unusual-and-exclusive-photo-shows-on-the-platform-of-news-photo/514686802?adppopup=true

Protestantism’s troubling history with white supremacy in the US

White supremacists feed off a narrative of America being white and Protestant. The Church's history in the US is enmeshed with racist ideology.
The white-moves-first rule became standard in the late 1800s. Nupat Arjkla / EyeEm / Getty Images

Why does white always go first in chess?

Ever since the late 1800s, it has been standard for white to go first in chess. Has the time come to get rid of that rule?
Richmond’s towering 1890 Robert E. Lee statue is transformed by protests following the killing of George Floyd. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Latest legal hurdle to removing Confederate statues in Virginia: The wishes of their long-dead white donors

A Richmond court says the city cannot remove its controversial Robert E. Lee sculpture because an 1890 land deed gave the Confederate monument 'to the people' of Virginia, not its government.
Richmond’s towering Robert E. Lee statue is transformed by protests following the killing of George Floyd. Is removal next? John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Dead white men get their say in court as Virginia tries to remove Robert E. Lee statues

On June 19, a court will decide whether Virginia must obey a 1890 deed that gave the state a plot of prime Richmond land as long as it would 'faithfully guard' the Robert E. Lee statue erected there.
Protesters march on June 6, 2020, in New York. Demonstrations continue across the United States in protest of racism and police brutality, sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

How police departments can identify and oust killer cops

Research on excessive use of force by police and the sociological context and psychological characteristics of killer cops point to useful policy measures.
A member of the far-right Boogaloo Bois group walks next to protestors in Charlotte, N.C., on May 29, 2020. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Why are white supremacists protesting the deaths of black people?

They're not really protesting – they're hoping to find an opportunity to spark violence and trigger a war between black and white Americans.
A leader of the Three Percenters militia movement, Matt Marshall, speaks at an anti-lockdown protest, April 19, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Getty/Karen Ducey

There’s a history of white supremacists interpreting government leaders’ words as encouragement

White supremacists' protests against COVID-19 lockdowns reflect the US history of political leaders encouraging white supremacist groups to challenge or overthrow democratic governments.
Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, addresses a crowd on April 19, 2020, in Olympia, Washington, insisting the state lift restrictions put in place to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Why are white supremacists protesting to ‘reopen’ the US economy?

Militant far-right groups are always looking to appear legitimate and to recruit more Americans to their causes.

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