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NPR broadcast an interview with "Unite the Right 2" rally organizer and white supremacist Jason Kessler about his beliefs and his decision to hold the rally on the anniversary of the tragic events in Charlottesville. After the interview aired, listeners flooded Twitter with anger that a racist was being given a platform on a national news show. Others argued that interviews like NPR's are necessary to understand how people like Kessler think to push back against them. What do you think?

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On the eve of the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington D.C., NPR aired an interview with event organizer and white supremacist Jason Kessler. During the interview, which was broadcast nationally during "Morning Edition," Kessler shared numerous racist viewpoints and argued, without any basis in fact, that white people's freedom of speech is being infringed upon.

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The backlash against the NPR segment on Twitter was swift and overwhelming. Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson said in a Twitter thread the decision to air the interview was irresponsible and that giving Kessler a national platform implied his viewpoints were legitimate.

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Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post, Karen Attiah, expressed shock that Kessler was allowed to express blatantly racist ideas on a national news outlet.

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Brittany Packnett, a member of the Ferguson Commission and a leader within the Black Lives Matter movement, drew comparisons between Martin Luther King's disdain for "white moderatesin the fight for civil rights and the NPR piece.

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Morning Edition co-host Rachel Martin supported the show's choice to air the interview.

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Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, felt that Kessler's racist ideas had been appropriately condemned during the segment. 

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Politics
Should national news outlets broadcast interviews with racists?
A festive crown for the winner
#DontTalkToRacists
#InterviewEveryone