Category: repression

White Supremacists go to College: New Tactics, Same Old White Supremacy

By Abby Ferber The landscape of organized white supremacy has dramatically changed since I conducted my research for White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy in the 1990s. At that time, most organized white supremacist groups were isolated, disconnected, … Continue reading

A Long View on the Alt-Right’s Doomed Emergence From the Shadows

By David Cunningham August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, where more than a thousand white nationalist adherents conducted a torch-lit march chanting “white lives matter” and “Jews will not replace us” before provoking widespread street violence the following day, … Continue reading

Why the reduction of racial disparities and expansion of Black mobilization would incapacitate the alt-right

By Kim Ebert Many of us were introduced to empirical research on racism through popular psychology, which suggests that racism is an individual-level problem among whites. The idea is that racism stems from prejudice, which is “an antipathy based on … Continue reading

The “Alt-Right” ideas are nothing new but they are taking advantage of new opportunities

By Robert Futrell & Pete Simi Since the 2016 US presidential election, observers have tried to explain the sudden rise of the “new alt-right.” This focus on newness belies the persistent and continuous aspects of US white supremacist activism. In our … Continue reading

2 Lessons from the History of the Alt-Right

By Ziad Munson “2 Lessons from the History of the Alt-Right” video link     References: “Alt-Right.” Southern Poverty Law Center Berlet, Chip and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000. Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press. Blee, Kathleen … Continue reading

The Press Under Attack

The press in the US is under permanent attack by President Donald Trump. But the press is also under fierce attack by presidents and other elected officials in many deeply polarized countries, including Russia, Hungary, Venezuela, and Mexico. Whether through smear campaigns, strict regulation, … Continue reading

Regimes versus Repression: The Unraveling of Democratic Institutions

By Jennifer Earl Researchers interested in repression have historically seen repression as something independent from regime type (even if certain kinds of regimes may be more likely to repress), something that is costly and hence scarce (creating important allocation decisions for … Continue reading