Rahn Kennedy Bailey M.D., DFAPA, Simran Sandhu M.D. and Dan Cho, M.D.
In recent days, since President Joe Biden has vowed to “fight white supremacy”, many conservative politicians and news personalities have felt as though their own values are being assailed. These politicians and opinion journalists believe that the term white supremacy is used too liberally (excuse the pun) and may refer to many of the values and policies that they hold dear such as Columbus Day or a border wall. The Oxford dictionary definition of white supremacy: “The belief that white people constitute a superior race and should therefore dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups”. The scholar Frances Lee Ansley states, “By ‘white supremacy’ I do not mean to allude only to the self-conscious racism of white supremacist hate groups. I refer instead to a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.”
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