The Banality of Evil: The Mainstreaming of Both-Siderism

By Eric K. Ward

Memorials honoring Ricky Best (53) and Taliesin Namkai Meche (23), May, 2017, in Portland; Heather Heyer (23), August, 2017, in Charlottesville; Robert Forbes (56), June, 2020, in Bakersfield; Anthony Huber (26) and Joseph Rosenbaum (36), August, 2020, in Kenosha.

When a white teenager in Kenosha, Wisconsin fatally shoots two racial justice protesters after he and other armed vigilantes are given water and thanked by local law enforcement; when he’s allowed to walk away from the killings despite multiple eyewitnesses and video identifying him as the shooter, and he himself approaches a police car with his hands…



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