White Supremacy/ Identity Politics
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21700
Can cop violence and anti-Black racism be permanently defeated so long as white supremacist ideology permeates the ruling class and society?
Trump has made it his mission to dismantle every policy that Obama made law by legislation or executive order.
The issue of white supremacy has come to center stage, particularly when Trump declared an equivalence between white supremacists and anti-racists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The far right and its most racist elements have been emboldened. Trump's personal bias is not relevant. He uses white identity politics to give momentum to white supremacist supporters. It doesn't matter if white nationalism is not identical to "economic nationalism," as Trump's former national political strategist Steve Bannon claims.
The whiteness issue is real for Black Americans since discrimination based on skin color is the root of what some call "white skin privilege" -- where skin color can lead a cop to ask questions of a white person, but to shoot a Black person assuming they represent an inherent "danger." (A white cop in Georgia told a white woman after a traffic stop that her fear was unfounded since cops only shoot Blacks.)