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An undertow of hate

Tracing three decades of bigotry in the United States

A 1999 rally on the steps of a Pennsylvania courthouse by the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. A 1999 rally on the steps of a Pennsylvania courthouse by the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. (Michael Fernandez/ Associated Press)
By Michael Washburn
Globe Correspondent / August 30, 2009

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Humans have tremendous capacity for ignoring failure. If we can envision something, we struggle to engender it, even if generations fail in the attempt. Science fiction often furnishes inspiration for such dreaming - Jules Verne’s submarine, for instance. Then there are the race-science fictions, misbegotten fantasies of genetic purity that have inspired nightmares from the Third Reich to Southern bigotry ... (Full article: 815 words)

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