In a random sample of Twitter users who followed prominent white nationalist organizations and leaders, about 19% were Nazi sympathizers, Berger found. The raging debate has resembled nothing so much as a classical ontological discourse on categorization.Peter Cvjetanovic, a 20-year-old college student featured in a viral photo of the rally, said that he attended the march "for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture" and that he believed the planned removal of Confederate Gen. Lee's statue in Charlottesville symbolized "the slow replacement of white heritage" in the US.

Meanwhile, Sobecki, the heavily-tattooed supremacist leader who oversees his criminal empire from behind bars, is not thrilled when he learns of his charge's screw-up.

The patriarch of the family, an ornery ex-con himself, must rely on his wit and understanding of the racist mind to find a plan to free his family, but not before he confronts his own brand of bigotry and anger.

Are white supremacists considered so because they consider themselves so?

Does one become a white supremacist by more Aristotelian means, expressing a certain number of categories of being—or swastika tattoos?

Speaking with Business Insider, he described the alt-right and white nationalist movements as the culmination of a 30-year effort to "massage" the white supremacist message.

Picciolini would know — at the age of 14, he was recruited by Clark Martell, then the leader of the Chicago Area Skin Heads, reputed to be the first organized neo-Nazi group in the US.

Long before ESPN anchor Jemele Hill famously referred to Trump as a white supremacist on Twitter, the questions of just who a white supremacist, and just what white supremacy is, have dominated the analysis of how he came into power, and what that power means.

Hill’s comments came as part of the general response to an essay from my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates, one in which Coates says that Trump’s “ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power.” The bent of that essay is that whiteness—and in turn white supremacy—uniquely buoyed Trump’s candidacy, and that he has in turn openly wielded those energies to capture support and lead.

The alt-right is a broader coalition of such groups that further distances itself from white supremacy by omitting any reference to race from its name.

But Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist, says observers shouldn't believe claims by Spencer or others belonging to similar movements that they aren't racist.

Two years later, in 1989, Picciolini became the leader of the group.