“Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living, in many cases,” then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told a crowd in Akron, Ohio, nearly a year ago. In a bizarre appeal for their votes, he added, “What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out.”
Like any other night, I spent last Friday at my office desk monitoring the stories of the day. Twitter started displaying images spilled from the pages of The Handmaid's Tale. Armed men in militia uniforms surrounded other men in polo shirts with lit tiki-torches raised above their heads as they marched in single file down a street in Charlottesville, Virginia. “You will not replace us,” they chanted. “Blood and soil,” they screamed, echoing the Nazi mantra of “Blut and boden” – a Hegelian reference to rights based on nationality and ethnicity. “Whose streets? Our streets!” they added in a sick twist on cultural appropriation.