Lee’s development of Connie’s storyline highlights the larger pattern of white supremacist work that white women have waged in this country from slavery times through Jim Crow, including iterations of the Ku Klux Klan (and the women’s KKK) and violent resistance to integration in schools and in neighborhoods. Connie’s character also connects the current work of right wing pundits and political enablers like Tomi Lahren, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, along with the more fringe female voices in the alt right, who continue to traffic in racist tropes and profit from the criminalization and scapegoating of black and brown people.
As Laura Smith wrote for The Cut, “Not long after Donald Trump was elected, Lana Lokteff, a woman member of the ‘alt-right’ gave a speech intended to galvanize other women. She told the crowd, ‘Our enemies have become so arrogant that they count on our silence.’ After all, as Lokteff said, ‘When women get involved, a movement becomes a serious threat.'” Ninety four percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, so for Lokteff, “women” here is synonymous with white women. It’s an assumption that has been a central pillar of white women’s racism from legal slavery until now.