On August 11 and 12, 2017, the country was gripped by the chaos and violence unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia, as thousands of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and other white nationalists descended upon the town. The Charlottesville events not only brought our country's deeply rooted racism once more to the fore of national attention, but also highlighted ongoing anti-Semitic currents in our society.
This week we're asking scholars to discuss the anti-Semitism that was on display in Charlottesville. What is the history of these kinds of movements in the United States? Have we seen a rise in anti-Semitism in recent years? How has the Trump administration responded to anti-Semitism at home? What implications does that have for the safety of our country, our relationship to Israel, and our ability to promote religious freedom abroad?