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How Has White Nationalism Changed in the Year Since Charlottesville?

White nationalists clash with counter-protesters on August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One year after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to three deaths, white nationalists are planning to protest once more, this time on Sunday in Washington, D.C. But what—if anything—has changed since last year?

The Charlottesville rally sparked a backlash in the weeks that followed, prompting websites to deny white supremacists their platform. James Alex Fields, who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, has been indicted on federal hate crime charges, while many of his tiki-torch-bearing allies were doxxed online.

Still, these efforts have done little to curtail rhetoric from alt-right, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist groups, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization that tracks hate crimes. In the months since August 12th, 2017, the ADL found that white supremacist and anti-Semitic incidents have increased dramatically. “While post-Charlottesville setbacks have prompted some right-watchers prematurely to proclaim the demise of the alt right, its adherents have not yet lost their hateful energy and enthusiasm,” the ADL wrote in a report.


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