Spencer Sunshine

I Almost Died in Charlottesville

Journalist and researcher Spencer Sunshine started observing racist hate events in the late 1980s. Last Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville almost killed him. Here, an unvarnished dispatch from the picturesque Virginia town—from the violent lead-up in Emancipation Park to the deadly aftermath downtown.

A white man wearing armor adorned with crosses made of American flags grimaces at a demonstration.

The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he’s dubbed “Independent Trumpism.”

A rusted steel pole with red, white and blue stars and stripes in rural Pennsylvania

[OPINION] Looking for the Left Wing in Rural, Predominantly White Areas

Even without systemic voter disenfranchisement and Republican district gerrymandering, the Electoral College and GOP-dominated Senate give disproportionate power to rural areas. The least progressives can do is to try to fight back. 

[OPINION] It's Time to Ring the Alarm About White Nationalism

Organized White supremacist violence is on the rise. So why do we continue to treat attacks as isolated incidents?

Dispatch from Oregon: Armed White Occupiers Are Enjoying Warm Food, Wi-Fi—and No Violence From Feds

It’s been 19 days since a predominantly White group of men bearing arms group took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They’re appointing themselves judges, threatening locals and stealing Native artifacts. Inside a netherworld where law enforcement lets right-wing paramilitaries run things.