political violence

  • Like the Klan, January 6 Deniers Will Lose

    by Adam Serwer

    During Reconstruction, the rapid growth of partisan media outlets made it impossible to tell whether stories of Klan atrocities were true or "fake news." Elaine Frantz Parsons explains how the reality of the Klan became established. 

  • There are No "Lone Wolves"

    Building on the work of Kathleen Belew and others, the Times editorial board argues that recent episodes of racial terrorism are part of a global white nationalist movement. 

  • The United States of Political Violence

    From federal judges to local public health departments and school boards, violent threats against public officials are increasingly part of the political scene, according to Clarence Anthony of the National League of Cities. 

  • Do "We" Have a Political Violence Problem?

    A longitudinal study by the University of Maryland suggests that even looking back to the 1960s, the right has been much more likely to promote violence as an instrument of politics. 

  • Another Tragic Eruption of "Great Replacement" Violence

    by Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin

    "While the specific targets and methods of spreading this theory may be new, White native-born Americans worrying about being replaced is not. And history demonstrates that the theory has been repeatedly used to legitimize discrimination and deadly violence."

  • "Great Replacement" Shows how Many Americans Have Embraced Whites-Only Democracy

    by Adam Serwer

    Whether they blame a secret cabal of elites or the Democratic Party, proponents of "replacement" rhetoric share a belief that legitimate citizenship is racially exclusive and that legitimate elections require white voters to get what they want, echoing anti-immigrant and eugenics rhetoric of the early 20th century.

  • Historians on the Mainstreaming of the "Great Replacement" Myth

    by HNN Staff

    This conspiratorial claim of a plot by elites to replace whites with nonwhite and immigrant voters has moved from the far-right fringe to cable news and appears to have played a part in the radicalization of several mass shooters. Historians discuss what it is and what it means.