After events like what happened this past weekend in Charlottesville, I always find it instructive to look back at history and how people and ideologies were framed then — and how people see or don’t see them today.
Scrolling through tweets and posts of folks processing the “Unite The Right” rally and the violence afterward, a common refrain emerged: “This is not us.”
It’s well-intended and meant to spurn the racism and violence that occurred last weekend. But it also glosses over a history of racism in the city stretching back more than a century. | More…