'White supremacists have been emboldened by Trump'

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Published on 13 Aug 2017, 18:13
'White supremacists have been emboldened by Trump'

A gathering of hundreds of white supremacists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person.

The state's governor blamed neo-Nazis for sparking the unrest in the college town of Charlottesville, where rival groups fought pitched battles using rocks and pepper spray after far-right protesters converged to demonstrate against a plan to remove a statue to a Confederate war hero.

Christopher Phelps, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham and the author of Radicals in America: The US Left since the Second World War, talks to Al Jazeera about the flare-up of racism-fueled violence.

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