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Transatlantic white supremacy
American segregationists and international racism after civil rights
in Global white nationalism
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When Dylann Roof murdered nine African Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015, he was discovered to be wearing an insignia of the Rhodesian flag. It also emerged that he had been radicalized by reading online the materials of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor organization to the Citizens’ Councils that had once fought against desegregation and fostered links to southern Africa. In this chapter, Zoe Hyman seeks to illuminate that long arc of white supremacist activism since the 1950s. Rooted in the segregationist activity of mid-century protest, the focus is on activism in the last third of the twentieth century by such groups as the American Friends of Rhodesia, which sought to shore up the illegal state in the 1970s; the American Afrikaner Union, formed in the 1980s in a fruitless attempt to prevent majority rule in South Africa; and infamous segregationist groups such as the Citizens’ Council, which morphed into the Council of Conservative Citizens to continue a more mainstream white supremacist struggle in the US and abroad.

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