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THE MISTER RACE

YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHITE SUPREMACISTS WITHOUT LOOKING AT GENDER.

NEARLY ALL RIGHT-WING extremists have something in common: They’re men. Without addressing this fact, it is impossible to make sense of hate groups or try to eradicate them, argues Michael Kimmel, a sociologist at Stony Brook University who has written several books about masculinity and gender. For his most recent, Healing From Hate, he interviewed former extremists about the psychological and economic factors that drew them into violent white supremacist groups.

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