Charlottesville: What We’re Reading

First, a reminder: It’s not just men. Many white women are — and have long been — white supremacists, too. Laura Smith gives us a short history.

Liberals and centrist Dems: The “alt-left” is not a thing. Please stop pretending “that the people fighting white supremacists are somehow exactly like them.”

Jia Tolentino on the “American fetish for tradition, which is, in part, a fetish for the authority of the rich white male.”

Lincoln Blades on who gets named a terrorist, and why.

And Chanelle on the questions to ask as you consume mainstream media in this moment (and always).

Donate to medical and legal funds supporting the activists in Charlottesville.

Find a solidarity event near you.

Are you a student? Check out this guide to responding when a white supremacist is brought to campus.

Plus, don’t miss UVA graduate students’ Charlottesville Syllabus.

Moving words from a former UVA student: “Instead of watching the videos of tiki-torch yielding white supremacists reenacting the violence of their ancestors in the evil ground of Charlottesville and UVA, I’m going to re-watch the beautiful portrayals of Black folks living in their fullness; standing together and studying deeply; loving on each other.”

No more Charlottesvilles.

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Dana Bolger is a Senior Editor at Feministing and the co-founder of Know Your IX, the national youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools. She's testified before Congress on Title IX policy and legislative reform, and her writing has appeared in a number of outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She's also a student at Yale Law School, and you can find her on Twitter at @danabolger.

Dana Bolger is a Senior Editor at Feministing and a student at Yale Law School.

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