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Published On: Mon, Aug 14th, 2017

How Charlottesville became the symbolic prize of the far right | Edward Helmore and Lois Beckett

The white supremacists Donald Trump is loath to criticise made citys plan to remove a Confederate statue their rallying point

Eight years ago, as the nations first black president took office, pundits debated whether Barack Obamas election marked the rise of a post-racial America.

On Saturday, hundreds of American neo-Nazis and white nationalists clashed with anti-fascist demonstrators in the streets of a liberal university town, sending the city into chaos as the governor declared a state of emergency. The white nationalists had planned to rally around a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee, which Charlottesville, Virginia, had decided to remove from a public park.

The far-right activists who converged on Charlottesville say diversity is just another word for white genocide. Many are Holocaust deniers and blatant antisemites. They argue that white Americans are under attack, and they have been attempting to recruit new members on college campuses across America.

Both Republican and Democratic leaders, though not President Trump, decried the protesters explicit racism, calling it a betrayal of American ideals.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/13/charlottesville-white-supremacists-far-right-donald-trump-confederate-statue

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How Charlottesville became the symbolic prize of the far right | Edward Helmore and Lois Beckett