Cancelled - Kathleen Belew

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University of Chicago scholar Kathleen Belew ranges back nearly fifty years for the roots of today’s Alt-Right activities - tracing from the what was sensed as betrayal with the Vietnam War to where white supremacy sympathies had to go in the wake of seeming political progress for people of color and on through such actions as Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City in her recent book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press).

“This is a work of fierce intelligence. In a breathtaking and wholly convincing manner, Belew shows how white power activists used their view of the Vietnam War to advance every element of their reactionary agenda and to justify domestic terrorism. A book of signal importance and urgency, it provides a haunting vantage point on contemporary American political culture.”—Nancy MacLean

“Fascinating… Belew connects seemingly disparate events like the killings at Greensboro, the persecution of Vietnamese fishers in Texas in the early 1980s, and the siege at Ruby Ridge. She shows how hatred of the federal government, fears of communism, and racism all combined in white-power ideology and explains why our responses to the movement have long been woefully inadequate.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate

Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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