Woodrow Wilson, LBJ, Jesse Helms, Trent Lott, Robert Byrd, John McCain . . . : the public face of racism and white supremacy in the U.S. did not begin with Donald Trump. Charlottesville has many tributaries, the longest perhaps being the historical strains of racist-nationalism in the U.S.
A group that included many people who were college-educated or ex-military displayed effective planning. “White people are pretty good at getting organized,” said one.
The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in