Today marks two years since white nationalists staged a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to amplify the views of the alt-right movement. While many people were shocked and revulsed by the rally, which resulted in the death of a counterprotester, Holocaust and genocide scholar Jennifer Rich has made an effort to talk with alt-right college students who hold the rally in high regard and would enthusiastically attend a smiliar rally if one were held. “As individuals,” she writes, “I’ve found a number of these young men to be willing to be challenged on their political thinking and engagement.”

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White nationalists participate in a torch-lit march on the grounds of the University of Virginia ahead of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 11, 2017. Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Talking about Charlottesville with alt-right students

Jennifer Rich, Rowan University

A Holocaust scholar discusses what she learned from reaching out to alt-right students and capturing their reflections on the white nationalist Charlottesville rally of 2017.

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