The Atlantic

When Does a Fringe Movement Stop Being Fringe?

Even the most feared white supremacists in the lore of Jim Crow were just regular white men.
Source: Steve Helber / AP

Suddenly, the “far right” doesn’t seem so far. On Friday night, hundreds of protesters descended on a statue of Confederate hero Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. Carrying tiki torches, waving Confederate battle flags, and sometimes armed with clubs and shields and flanked by self-styled militiamen with heavier arms, the protesters, described by many as “white nationalists,” brawled with counter-protesters in Charlottesville streets, a situation that led Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency Saturday.

Still, the fallout, the latest in a year-long series of growing protests centered around that statue in, who’d taken the streets to celebrate their perceived victory against the white-supremacist protesters. So far, , and many more are injured. Officials have not yet said if they think the incident was deliberate.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
Why Trump Attacked Marie Yovanovitch
On the second day of the impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump couldn’t control himself on Twitter: He lashed out at Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was subjected to a smear campaign, and who testified to that effect
The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
Elizabeth Warren Discovers the Pitchfork
My colleague Megan Garber spoke up on Wednesday in defense of anger, a quality whose presence in a female presidential candidate gets her branded as hysterical and shrill, and whose absence, paradoxically, marks her as frosty and robotic. (Angry men
The Atlantic5 min readFashion & Beauty
How The Crown, and Its Clothes, Transform Power
The new season of the Netflix show explores the unorthodox ways Queen Elizabeth II uses her wardrobe to underscore her authority.