Symbols of white supremacy flew proudly at the Capitol riot – 5 essential reads

Rioters carrying white supremacist symbols were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Many Americans are trying to gain a deeper understanding of what was behind the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and, most importantly, why it happened. At The Conversation, we asked several scholars who study symbols – including ancient Norse images and more recent flags from U.S. history – to explain what they saw during the riot, and what those symbols mean. Reading their work, it’s inescapable that white supremacy is a common thread connecting many of the different groups who conver…

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