Sightings Articles

protest sign

American Civil War | white supremacy | memorial | US history

Monuments, Memorials, and the Resacralization of Space

The landscape of public space shapes collective understandings of the past

February 8, 2021
Riots

political religion | white supremacy | study of religion

Is This America?

A distinction may bring some clarity to disagreements about the meaning of the Capitol riots

February 1, 2021
Sanitation Workers March

Civil Rights | white supremacy | political religion

Of Memphis and Washington

White Supremacy's desecration of sacred spaces, in 1968 and today

January 18, 2021

Islamophobia | terrorism | Islam | white supremacy | gun violence | Sigmund Freud

OMG

“… a longtime Facebook staffer told me that to detect instances of suicide or murder on Facebook Live the company created a system that looks for sudden spikes in attention—‘by number of people viewing, by the rate at which those impressions are go...

March 18, 2019

Alt-Right | American Civil War | Charlottesville | Civil Religion | Frederick Douglass | Lady Gaga | racism | Robert Bellah | Twitter | white supremacy

#TheLateUnpleasantness

The war came, again, in August, this time in the guise of what The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb dubbed “The Battle of Charlottesville.” Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” hopped their basket and marched on the Lawn of the University of Virginia on the eveni...

September 28, 2017

Alt-Right | American religion | Mormons | racism | white supremacy

Nonwhitesome Mormons

Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represent only about two percent of the American people, but “everybody” knows something or other about them. Ask your neighbor to discuss the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)...

September 25, 2017

Alt-Right | racism | Southern Baptist Convention | Southern Baptists | white supremacy

For Southern Baptists, a Sudden Awakening and Turn on the “Alt-Right”

In a classic essay on “Denominationalism,” Sidney E. Mead observed that “[t]he denomination, unlike the traditional forms of the church, is not primarily confessional, and it is certainly not territorial. Rather it is purposive.” When Mead published ...

June 19, 2017

Alt-Right | Dylann Roof | Jared Taylor | racism | radicalization | Richard Spencer | violence | white supremacy

Dylann Roof, the Radicalization of the Alt-Right, and Ritualized Racial Violence

Dylann S. Roof, the self-professed white supremacist known infamously as the “Charleston church shooter,” was convicted last month of killing nine black churchgoers at (Mother) Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolin...

January 12, 2017