Crosscut Talks

White Nationalism and the State of Hate in America

August 6, 2019
In August 2017, hundreds of white nationalists marched in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. They were gathered under the banner of "Unite the Right" and said they were there to protest the removal of a confederate monument. The event quickly turned violent. At least 30 counter-protesters were injured. One woman, Heather Heyer, was killed. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson wanted to know what really happened. His reporting took him on a year-long journey chronicling the mainstreaming of hate in America. He teamed up with producers at PBS's Frontline and the result is a pair of documentaries that chart the rise of a new, violent white supremacist group. For this episode of Crosscut Talks we invited Thompson and senior producer Sarah Childress to discuss their work and what it says about the state of hate in America today. The conversation was recorded on May 4, 2019 at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival.