white supremacy

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  • Hyphenation: white su‧prem‧a‧cy


white supremacy (uncountable)

  1. The ideology which holds that the white race is superior to all others.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 909:
      Among Southern whites, the defence of slavery slid into a defence of white supremacy, since that was a useful way to unite the white population behind a coherent ideology; most Southerners did not actually own slaves, and had no necessary interest in defending that institution alone.
  2. A situation in which white people are privileged over other people in society.


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