White rage and racist thought: How history puts the resurgence of white nationalism in context

We study history largely so we don't repeat the worst it has to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.

I've been thinking about this a lot in recent weeks as white nationalist bloviating and hate incidents have increased in the wake of the presidential election. The highest-profile incident remains the recent gathering of so-called "alt-right" leaders in Washington, D.C., which ended in multiple Nazi salutes. Leading the charge was Dallas' own Richard Spencer, a young light in the current suit-and-tie white supremacy movement.

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