Jury Dealt a Blow to White Nationalists, but the Politics of Hate Persists
Just over a week ago, a federal jury ordered the main organizers of the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., to pay more than $26 million in damages.
While the verdict was seen as a major rebuke to white nationalist groups, civil rights activists cautioned that the mainstreaming of far-right extremist ideology continues unabated.
“While some of the messengers have been eviscerated, the more mainstream versions of their hatemongering continue to have real currency, with broad exposure guaranteeing that the violence of the far-right fringes will unfortunately continue,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said in the New York Times.
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