There are few people who don’t understand that the words “social justice warrior” and “white supremacist” are not the same thing.
And it’s a point that I am sure you’ve come across before.
It’s also a point which I will be making this week in a series of blog posts that will be focusing on the intersection of race, gender, and class in American society.
For many of you, this may seem like a pretty straightforward and obvious point to make, but I’m going to try and go into detail to show you why it’s not so straightforward.
I have been working on this blog for a couple of years, and I have come to a point where I feel like I have to write something that I think is both readable and well-researched, and that it will help you understand why you may have gotten into this mess in the first place.
In this case, it’s going to be about the word “white.”
It’s not just a word that has been used as a derogatory term in a racist context for decades, or even the word used by some white supremacists.
It is not only a word which has been a central focus of the alt-right movement for years, but it is also a word used in the name of the very group that many of us are most familiar with, the alt.right.
So let’s begin with a bit of history.
According to Wikipedia, “white supremacy was a movement for white supremacy in the United States that advocated white supremacy and separatism from non-white groups and adherents, particularly African Americans.”
As the alt right is now known, it is often defined as “a loose network of racist and white nationalist websites and communities” that advocate white supremacy.
What I want to talk about today is the idea that “white” has been “used” to refer to people of color and people of different social class backgrounds.
This is an important distinction.
As I’ve written about before, when I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon to hear the term “black” used in conversation, but when I tried to find examples of other racial groups being referred to as “black,” I found none.
The first thing I noticed was that people often use “black people” to describe African Americans in a negative way, as if “black Americans” are a distinct group.
When I started learning about the alt left in high school, I discovered that people were often using “white people” instead of “white-skinned people” as a way of talking about people of colour.
There was a widespread belief among white supremacists that “black culture” is “too much” for white people to handle, so white people in particular were trying to find ways to control black culture.
To use the term white instead of black to refer people of a different race would be to say, “You have to understand that this person has different social status than you, and you’re not going to like it.”
In fact, this is the exact opposite of what white supremacists claim.
It is entirely possible for a white person to identify as a member of a racial minority, or it is entirely impossible for a black person to be a member.
However, the fact that white supremacists are using the term to refer black people makes it even more difficult to imagine that white supremacy is anything other than an ideological movement.
If “whitey” is to be used to describe people of any race, it has to be understood as an ideological, political, and social phenomenon.
While it is true that the altright has been using “whiteness” to denote the alt white, I don’t think that this is an inherently bad thing.
When I first learned about the term, I immediately noticed that people of all ethnicities used it interchangeably, and it was a pretty standard thing for a non-whitest person to say when they were talking about black people.
Even when the term was used as an insult, people of non-black ethnicities were also quick to use it to describe black people in general.
I think this was a clear signal that the word was meant to be an insult.
There are other examples of the word being used to refer African Americans, and many people are surprised to learn that this was actually the case.
The alt right, in fact, has been calling African Americans “Black people” since at least the early 2000s, even before the alt whites coined the term in 2017.
In 2017, the White House published an article entitled, “What Does White Privilege Mean for Black People?”
This article, in its entirety, reads: “[White people] are not oppressed by the existence of Black people; in fact the existence of Black people is often viewed as a positive contribution to White culture.”
The White House article goes on to say that the “privilege” of