White Supremacy and White Privilege

System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

  • (18) Concepts and Analysis
  • (6) Historical Construction of Whiteness
  • (5) Resources
  • (26) Resources for White People
  • (13) Tools and Practices
  • (5) White Dominant Culture

The New York Times reports that the term “white supremacy” was used fewer than 75 times in 2010, but nearly 700 times in 2020 alone (as of the article’s printing on Oct 17, 2020). In the past, the term construed extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazis. Now this term refers to a political and socio-economic system where white people enjoy structural advantages and rights that other racial and ethnic groups do not. Many white people are unaware that this system exists, which is one of its successes.

Peggy McIntosh’s seminal article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” discusses the everydayness of unearned entitlements and advantages. White privilege includes powerful incentives for maintaining this privilege and its consequences, and powerful negative consequences for trying to interrupt or reduce its consequences.

To understand and accept white privilege is not an academic exercise. The responsibility is to internally and externally work to dismantle the system of white supremacy in all of its forms. The resources in this section discuss how to dismantle the system of white supremacy and decenter whiteness. Also, there are resources specifically for white people to identify white privilege, and “do the work” for racial justice in meaningful, accountable, and actionable ways.

Concepts and Analysis

Donald Trump Is Out. Are We Ready to Talk About How He Got In?Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Atlantic
The White Left Needs to Embrace Black LeadershipBarbara RansbyThe Nation
“White Supremacy” Once Meant David Duke and the Klan. Now It Refers to Much More.Michael PowellThe NY Times
Reckoning With White Supremacy: Five Fundamentals for White FolksLovey CooperScalawag Magazine
The Disruption of White SupremacyMark TrahantYES! Magazine
The Problem Is White SupremacyBarbara SmithBoston Globe
Accumulating Advantage: How is Health Impacted by Race and, Consequently, Class?Unnatural Causes
Dreaming of a Self Beyond Whiteness and Isolationjohn a. powellJournal of Law and Policy
Fighting White Supremacy and White Privilege to Build a Human Rights MovementLoretta RossUnderstanding and Dismantling Privilege
Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community BuildingM. Potapchuk, S. Leiderman, D. Bivens, and B. MajorCAPD; MP Associates
The Anatomy of White GuiltD. MartinUnitarian Universalist Association
The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White SupremacyYawo BrownTheMagicalNegro.net
The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-FramingJoe R. Feagin
What Is White Privilege?Maggie PotapchukCAPD; MP Associates
What Is White Privilege?Sharon Martinas
What’s Missing From “White Fragility”Lauren Michele JacksonSLATE
White FragilityRobin DiAngeloInternational Journal of Critical Pedagogy
White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s StudiesPeggy McIntoshWellesley Centers for Women

History and Construction of Whiteness

What is White Supremacy?Elizabeth ‘Betita’ MartinezCatalyst Project
White Identity in America Is Ideology, Not Biology. The History of “Whiteness” Proves It.Nell Irvin PainterNBC News
How White People Got MadeQuinn NortonThe Message
Seeing White podcastJohn Biewen and Dr. Chenjerai KumanyikaScene on Radio, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Understanding WhitenessAlberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Where White Privilege Came FromAllan G. Johnson


From White Fragility GraphicRussell Nadel with Robin DiAngelo
White Too Long: How Racism Lives in the DNA of White Christianity in America PodcastRobert P. Jones with Rev. Jim WallisSojourners
A List of Privilege ListsAmpersandAlas! A Blog
Confronting Racism is Not About the Needs and Feelings of White PeopleIjeoma OluoThe Guardian
White Privilege: Let’s Talk – A Resource for Transformational DialogueUnited Church of Christ

Resources for White People

White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit CultureHeather Laine TalleyEquity in the Center, Woke @ Work
The Promise: A Lesson in White PrivilegePhyllis UnterschuetzThe Race Story Rewrite Project
John Biewen The Long View, I: On Being WhiteKrista Tippett (host)The On Being Project
Recommitting to Racial Justice: White People’s Work in the Days AheadShowing Up for Racial Justice
White Women: Our Role in Racial (In)JusticeKathleen OstaNational Equity Project; Medium.com
A Cultural Somatic Reader on Whiteness, Trauma, and AllyshipTada HozumiSelfish Activist
A Word for White People, in Two Partsadrienne maree brown
How White Managers Can Respond to Anti-Black ViolenceMichael KrausYale Insights
Performing WhitenessSarah BellamyThe Paris Review
What If…White People Took Responsibility for Our Role in This Moment?Kathleen OstaNational Equity Project; Medium.com
What Is the Role for White People Working for Racial Justice in This Current Period?A Joint Statement from the Organization for Black Struggle and the Anti-Racist Collective
Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to CharlestonJon GreenbergCitizenship and Social Justice
Dear White AmericaGeorge YancyThe NY Times
Detour-Spotting for White Anti-Racistsjona olssoncultural bridges to justice (cbtj)
Developing a Positive White IdentityUnitarian Universalist Association
Discussion Guide for Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives MatterChris CrassTruthout
Doing the Work: Unearthing Our Own White PrivilegeMaggie PotapchukMP Associates
Finding Myself in the Story of RaceDebby IrvingTEDx Fenway
From White Racist to Anti-Racist: The Life-Long JourneyTema OkunChangeWork
Guidelines for Being Strong White AlliesPaul Kivel
Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson KidsFCKH8
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness VisibleShakti Butler and Rick ButlerWorld Trust Educational Services
Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial JusticeJonathan OslerWhite Accomplices
Retaining Benefits, Avoiding ResponsibilityPaul Kivel
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)SURJ
Talking to Our People: SURJ Guide for Talking to White People in the Moment of TrumpSURJ

Tools and Practices

It’s Not Complicated — White People Must Do Their Part to Dismantle White SupremacyLisa LaskyNational Equity Project; Medium.com
Calling People In About “Violence”: How to Do It and Why It’s Important Right NowShowing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
How to Talk to Your White Friends and Family About PrivilegeBeatrice Hazelhursti-D
Justice in JuneAutumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace
What Can White People Do?June HolleyNetwork Weaver Consultants Network  
Aamer Rahman, Fear of a Brown Planet – Reverse RacismAamer RahmanFear of a Brown Planet
Decentering Whiteness and Creating Equitable Conferences: A Tip SheetNatasha Aruliah, Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, et al.
How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That IsJamie UttEveryday Feminism
Identifying White Privilege in Progressive and Radical Grassroots MovementsSharon MartinasChallenging White Supremacy
SONG on the Role of White People in the Movement at this TimeSoutherners on New Ground (SONG)
White BenefitsSURJ
White Power and PrivilegeTim Wise, Peggy McIntosh, et al.Unitarian Universalist Association

White Dominant Culture

White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit CultureHeather Laine TalleyTzedek Social Justice Fund
The Network Economic Effects of WhitenessBrant T. LeeAmerican University Law Review
When White People Are Uncomfortable, Black People Are SilencedRachel Elizabeth CargleHarpers Bazaar
Decentering WhitenessJeff Hitchcock and Charley FlintCenter for the Study of White American Culture
Pushing Back Against Habits of White Supremacy During a CrisisKad SmithCompassPoint Nonprofit Services