Charlottesville Was Only a Preview

We have never had the national reckoning that we need over the events of August 2017.
James Loeffler, a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, is Research Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the award-winning book Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century and co-editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review. His scholarly research explores the ties between law, culture, and politics in modern Jewish history. His writings also include  The Most Musical

“The roar was the first thing to reach Natalie Romero. “I just heard loudness, like thunder, as if the earth was growling,” the University of Virginia student later testified. Hundreds of white supremacists were marching toward her, their low dog barks alternating with rhythmic war chants: “Jews will not replace us.” “Blood and soil.” “White lives matter.” As she clutched a homemade protest banner, huddling with a small group of students around the base of a Thomas Jefferson statue, Romero feared for her life. A lit torch landed at her feet. A burst of mace hit her. “I felt like a mouse, trapped,” she said. “I felt like I’m about to be burned at the stake.”

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