Is this the alt-right?

This is small-town America in December 2016. Tinsel Christmas trees and golden stars hang from lampposts along Main Street in downtown Roxboro, North Carolina (population 8,632, according to the 2010 census).

Its short parade of shops are mostly shut. The street is deserted, apart from two car repossession men watching a parked SUV for its owner to return.

Then it happens.

A pickup turns left into the street, followed by 30 more vehicles in a parade of honking horns. It’s hard to tell exactly how many people are in the cars. Some fly the Southern Cross — once a symbol of the Confederacy during the Civil War; today seen by many as a badge of the racist right. Other flags are labeled with a white cross on a red background, a symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.

As they pass, two men in black shirts lean from their windows and extend an arm into the air, raising their palms in a Nazi salute.

You can read the rest of my CNN piece here


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