racial supremacy

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racial supremacy (plural racial supremacies)

  1. The (believed) superiority of the people of one race over others.
    We star-bellied sneetches are better due to our inherent racial supremacy.
    • 1969, Felix Alexander Levy, Sefton D. Temkin (editor), His Own Torah: Felix A. Levy Memorial Volume, page 93,
      Democracy is threatened by dictatorship, and the gospel of human fraternity winces before the onslaughts of theories of racial supremacies.
    • 1971, Ryland Wesley Crary, Louis A. Petrone, Foundations of Modern Education, page 426,
      It means that the impressions of reality are refracted and distorted by the lenses of perception ground strangely to the curves and connections of elitist theories, of notions of ethnic and racial supremacies, of self-preferential ideas of individual differences.
    • 1992, Gerald Mast, A Short History of the Movies, page 214,
      Or perhaps it is simply that the First World War was "the war to end all wars," since none of the conflicts for which it was fought — drawing acceptable national boundaries, declaring racial supremacies, bridging linguistic barriers, resolving class differences — had been resolved in the Europe of 1937.
  2. The belief that a particular race is inherently superior to others.
    Most star-bellied sneetches interviewed found racial supremacy an outdated notion.
  3. The belief that a particular race should rule over others.
    A hundred years ago, the star-bellied sneetches tyrannized the plain-bellied sneetches in a shameful expression of racial supremacy.
  4. The fact of or an instance of the people of one race being dominant over others.
    We star-bellied sneetches look forward to the restoration of our rightful racial supremacy.
    • 1957, Edwards Weeks, Emily Flint, Jubilee: One Hundred Years of the Atlantic, page 401,
      [] than the irresistible force with which the teachings of Buddha and of the New Testament had swept across the world and had conquered the imaginations of men, often to the disadvantage of their material interests and racial supremacies?
    • 1994, David Paul Crook, Darwinism, War and History, page 80,
      Hart defended great empires and racial supremacies in terms of biological necessity, arguing that war-struggle followed nature, while the peace-struggle thwarted natural selection.
    • 2008, Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization, page 206,
      The key to reconciling male sexuality with the wider public good, in this way, was the imperative to achieve white racial supremacy.

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