Thus, their provocation appears designed to probe and assault consensus, an endeavor that always risks enraging people who are part of that consensus. As both Chait and Drum implicitly outline in their work, now the only way to be identified as a white supremacist is to say you are one. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic , where he covers politics and policy. It goes without saying that this realignment almost exclusively benefitted white supremacists, who did not suddenly die with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. By the time of his death, the country had turned on King. But that proposition is limited. To perhaps unfairly flatten these three arguments, which constitute the best of this school of objection, they tend to agree that the modern expansive definition of white supremacy is, well, modern.
Irene. Age: 30.
Correspondingly, as new policies intersected with public opinion and genuine policy victories won by the civil-rights movement, expressing racism became gauche, and then taboo.
Angel. Age: 29.
The Language of White Supremacy
In that essay, which itself was written in parallel with the nascence of critical race theory, Baldwin ties the very concept of whiteness to white supremacy. Sign in My Account Subscribe. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.