• Locals plan to protest bigotry during inauguration in D.C.

    By: Henry Rosoff

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    Wallingford resident Meredith Pfanschmidt and a friend spent more than $400 each on round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

    She will be part of a Women’s March expected to be attended by hundreds of thousands.

    “It’s a statement for women by women about the misogynist attitude of our president-to-be, and how he has allowed both misogyny and racism to be accepted,” Pfanschmidt said.

    “There are a lot of white power people feeling very comfortable about this president.”

    Questions about the coming administration’s sympathies toward White Nationalism have been raised again after the appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist.

    He is the former executive chair of alt-right news site Breitbart.

    While Bannon has argued he’s an economic nationalist, not a racist or anti-Semite, generally speaking the alt-right or white nationalism refers to the belief that a national identity and government should be built around white people.

    Some argue it is not quite as extreme as white supremacy.

    But UW professor Christopher Parker says there is no difference -- it is all racism.

    Parker points to the Jim Crow laws as an example of when white supremacy is involved in government.

    He also argues modern examples of white supremacy in politics are attempts to suppress voting by people of color, including recent attacks on the Voting Rights Act.

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