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Your Call's media roundtable: Charlottesville & white supremacy


The horrific stories and images coming out of Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage and international media coverage. Last week, we saw white supremacists groups carrying torches, guns, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia.

Heather Heyer was killed after a Nazi sympathizer ran his car into peaceful marchers. How are the media covering the tragic history of racial inequality and the rise of fascism in the US? How are the media shaping public perceptions about what we’re facing? We'll also discuss the attack in Barcelona.


A.C. Thompson, award winning investigative reporter with ProPublica, covering the rise in hate crimes in the US for the Documenting Hate project

Sarah Posner, reporter with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, and an expert on the intersection of religion and politics

Martin G Reynolds, co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and director of the Reveal Investigative Fellowships at the Center for Investigative Reporting

Web Resources:

Propublica: A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville

Propublica: Documenting Hate

Rolling Stone: After Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return

Mother Jones: How Trump Took Hate Groups Mainstream

Vice: Charlottesville -- Race and Terror

The Nation: Fighting White Supremacy Means Owning Up to American History

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.