Who is Kathleen Belew? Kathleen Belew, the author of the book Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (2018), is a research fellow at Stanford University as well as an assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago. An international authority on the white-power movement, in September 2019 she was a witness at a congressional hearing regarding confronting white nationalism.
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Belew graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington in 2005, and a master’s degree in 2008 and a doctorate in 2011 in American Studies from Yale University. She is currently an assistant professor [lecturer] of “History of the United States and College” at the University of Chicago. His “teaching focuses on the broad themes of race, gender, violence, identity and the meaning of war.” He is currently on a research license to study “armed violence and the history of the 1990s.”
Between 2011 and 2019, there were 16 high-profile attacks related to white nationalism around the world; 175 people were killed in these attacks. According to Belew: “Too many people still think of these attacks as unique events, rather than interconnected actions carried out by national terrorists. We spend too much ink splitting them into anti-immigrant, racist, anti-Muslim or anti-Semitic attacks. That’s right, it’s these things. But they are also connected to each other through a broader ideology of white power.”
In September 2019, Belew witnessed a Congressional hearing on how to confront white nationalism. In his witness statement, Belew described the “white power movement” as a “threat to our democracy,” said it was “transnational” and “connected neo-Nazis, Klan members, shaved heads, radical tax protesters, militiamen, and others.” He advocated the formation of something like the 2005 Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a step towards solving the problem. Congressman Jim Jordan criticized Belew for refusing witness Candace Owens’ characterization of Congressional testimony of right-wing violent extremism as partisan and “hilarious.”