Vigilantes Are Longtime Defenders of White Supremacy

Trump’s warnings of a violent left are hand-me-downs from his vigilante predecessors

Anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters face off against far-right militias and white pride organizations in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Photo: Logan Cyrus/Getty Images

Wherever the status quo was threatened in the post–Civil War order, white vigilantes would emerge.

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