White Vigilantes and Black Protest

We still think of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha, where Republicans celebrated the “not guilty” verdict of a 17-year-old who shot three people and killed two black men during street protests against the police shooting , Jacob Blake. John Nichols comments on the threat posed by white vigilante groups to black protest and wider anti-democratic Republican movements in Wisconsin and nationally.

Also: Racism in America led to strict apartment segregation for decades. But historians now show that this was due not only to whites refusing to live near blacks, but that the segregated housing was the result of carefully organized, long-term efforts to establish a legal basis for systematic racial discrimination. And the groups that were successful weren’t the KKK or White Power groups. They were broker organizations. Eric Foner looks back on this story.

Subscribe to something The nation to support all of our podcasts: thenation.com/podcastsubscribe.

Leave a Comment