When Does a Fringe Movement Stop Being Fringe? | The Atlantic

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2017-08-13T12:24:18-04:00
"[I]t’s hard to square a group of men with Home Depot tiki torches, wrinkled khakis, bad haircuts, and a love of memes who came down to Emancipation Park with the blood-curdling menace of Klansmen in my mind’s eye. It’s easier to joke about losers camping out in a park than to consider them capable of the kinds of paradigm-shifting horror that destroyed countless black families. But that’s a trick of historical perspective—even the most feared white supremacists in the lore of Jim Crow were just regular white men, transformed from lives as politicians, mechanics, farmers, and layabouts by the sheer power of ideology. And often, their movements were considered “fringe” and marginal—until they weren’t. ... History says that those transformations are relatively fast, and often act as conflagrations that destroy decades of progress in flashes."

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