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Open expression of white supremacist and neo-Nazi views has long been taboo in America, but that appears to be changing, as exemplified by the recent demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. - Photo Credit Edu Bayer for The New York Times

McMaster Sociology Prof. Tina Fetner explains why white supremacist groups are feeling emboldened

President Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacist activists last weekend undermines norms against racism and anti-Semitism, Prof. Fetner explains.

Aug 31, 2017

The president’s critics fear that he is inviting white supremacists out of the corner, helping ideas that have become widely reviled in America to be redefined as reasonable opinions — just part of the discussion. When norms of acceptable behavior and speech start to shift, it can disturb the shared beliefs, values and symbols that make up our culture. Read the full story in the New York Times.