Friday, August 16, 2019
Pivotal. A turning point. A venue for strong ideas. These are some of the terms that college students used to describe the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester who died when a man drove his car into a crowd.
Some students, who used these terms during interviews I conducted for a book I'm writing about politically engaged college students, identify with the alt-right, a white nationalist movement.
The Charlottesville rally took place on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, 2017. Many people across the country were alarmed by the white nationalist rally, condemning President Donald Trump for failing to condemn the rally strongly enough, and commenting that there were "fine people on both sides."
But for college students who identify with the alt-right, one of the biggest regrets they have about Charlottesville is that they weren't there.
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