As insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a certain shock and awe settled over many white Americans. On Twitter, politicians, cable news hosts, and regular everyday white folks seemed unable to understand how an attempted coup was playing out, not “in a third-world country,” but right here in the USA. Those who’d been paying attention, however, recognized that Jan. 6 was neither unprecedented nor foreign. It was plain American whiteness—emboldened beyond measure under Donald Trump.
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