Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
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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That was actually a pretty interesting read. These young men are so angry while they're still so young and for all the wrong reasons, it's really mind boggling to me.

#1 | Posted by qcp at 2019-08-16 02:03 PM | Reply

Do you believe this happened? Sounds unlikely, or maybe that is why rednecks complain that college makes their kids liberal.
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For instance, one student told me he arrived on campus as "virulently anti-semitic and a Confederate apologist." He said he was scapegoating Jews and African Americans for blocking him from his utopia, from having a job he loves, and Jews in particular for supposedly controlling the media and the money in this country.

Then he took a Civil War course and explained some of his beliefs to his professor. Rather than castigate him, his professor acknowledged his viewpoints and pointed this young man on to more credible research.

The student reconsidered his views that slavery was the "first only true way to do things, because blacks are inferior to whites." And if he was wrong about the South and slavery, the student says he thought to himself, maybe he was wrong about other things, too. He began to investigate what he calls "the Jewish question," and found that "the Jews were not controlling everything, probably."

"I was starting to think violence was the answer," the student told me. "And then I realized that maybe I had more to learn."

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-08-16 06:25 PM | Reply

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