Spencer Sunshine, Truthout

Spencer Sunshine

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Recent:
  • Truthout
Past:
  • Toward Freedom
  • Colorlines.com
  • AlterNet
  • The Jewish Daily Forward
  • P.R.A.

Recent articles by Spencer:

Far Right Monitors Anxious About Lingering Possibility of Post-Election Violence

The election has unfolded relatively peacefully, but far right watchdogs do not believe we are out of the woods yet. → Read More

In 2019, the Far Right Suffered Big Losses. But They Are Far From Defeated.

As long as Trump remains in power, he will ensure a political climate for far-right groups to proliferate. → Read More

Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Murders Are Latest in String of Fascist Attacks

These attacks are connected, and their common threads are not going away. → Read More

El Paso Blood Is on the Hands of Everyone Who Has Scapegoated Migrants

The slaughter of more than 20 people on Saturday was the horrifyingly predictable outcome of right-wing scapegoating. → Read More

Ted Cruz's "Antifa Are Terrorists" Resolution Seeks to Stifle the Left

The resolution threatens the U.S.'s long-established tradition of antifascist resistance. → Read More

Trump Wants a Third Term. Could the Unimaginable Happen Here?

The possibility, however small, of a Trump coup should move us to build up our own grassroots movements. → Read More

Will Decentralization of Neo-Nazism Spur More Right-Wing Terrorism?

The welcome collapse of organized white supremacy also raises the specter of harder-to-track terrorist cells. → Read More

Anti-Immigrant Rampage in Germany Shows Expansion of Right-Wing Violence

A right-wing mob of 6,000 tore through Chemnitz, attacking immigrants and giving Hitler salutes. → Read More

Why the Alt Right May Gain Momentum in 2018

One year after the deadly fascist-led rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the U.S. Alt Right is stumbling to regain its footing. Only a small number of White Nationalists came to Washington, DC rally for a rally on the one-year anniversary. While this doesn’t represent the movement’s strength, the public backlash against the Alt Right has significantly damaged it, and it has been unable to… → Read More

Was It Racist for Facebook to Take Down a Page Opposing the 'Unite the Right 2' March?

Facebook says it took down the "Say No to Unite the Right 2-DC" event page because of its ties to a Russian troll farm. Black Lives Matter DC activist April Goggans calls b.s. → Read More

Will Independent Trumpists Ride Again?

Plagued by infighting and cancelled gigs, the alt-right has been quiet lately. But as we approach the first anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, some groups are back in the streets. → Read More

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw and All Those Killed by the Far Right

The far right has killed nearly 450 people since 1990. → Read More

Was the Failed 'Mother of All Rallies' the Beginning of the End of Independent Trumpism?

The far-right "Mother of All Rallies" was supposed to be a giant pro-Trump event where overt shows of racism were not welcome. But the crowd was surprisingly small, neo-Nazis attended, and the entire event was overshadowed by a nearby rally of Insane Clown Posse devotees. Is this the end of the unified front that descended on Charlottesville? → Read More

Has the "Alt-Right" Met Its Gettysburg?

Can the left use Charlottesville to stop white supremacy? → Read More

I Almost Died in Charlottesville

Journalist and researcher Spencer Sunshine started observing racist hate events in the late 1980s. Last Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville almost killed him. Here, an unvarnished dispatch from the picturesque Virginia town—from the violent lead-up in Emancipation Park to the deadly aftermath downtown. → Read More

The Largest Fascist Rally in Recent Memory Is Expected This Week—It Must Be Challenged

In the face of an aggressive racist movement, silence is consent. The August 12 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, looks like it will be the largest organized racist demonstration in recent memory. But that's not the only reason it is important. First, while there have been dozens of far-right rallies since Trump's election, this will be the first major, national rally run by… → Read More

The Largest Fascist Rally in Recent Memory Is Expected This Week

When far-right organizers take over our cities even a tepid response from progressives would be consent. → Read More

Islamophobia Is the Glue That Unites Diverse Factions of the Far Right

The left must understand how far-right groups are deploying Islamophobia as a means of unification and growth. → Read More

The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he's dubbed “Independent Trumpism.” → Read More

The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he's dubbed “Independent Trumpism.” → Read More