Beyond the KKK: Understanding White Supremacy as a System of Power
The phrase “white supremacy” is often invoked in reference to the Ku Klux Klan or white nationalist extremism, rather than as a system of power with long historical roots. Crystal Marie Fleming
, author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide,
offers a curated reading list examining how systemic racism has been deeply entrenched within our economic system, social and political institutions, public policies, and cultural symbols.
James Baldwin • The New Yorker
From 1962: “Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.”
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson • Yes! Magazine
We must look at the roots of capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and anti-Blackness to leave settler colonialism in the past.
Crystal Marie Fleming • The Root
Slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow, mass incarceration and centuries of systematic racism all happened under the star-spangled banner.
Stephen Kantrowitz • Boston Review
White supremacy is a language of unease. It does not describe racial domination so much as worry about it.
Chauncey DeVega • Salon
Working-class whites are suffering but still willing to defend racism, says author of “Dying of Whiteness.”
Lanre Bakare • The Guardian
The veteran civil rights campaigner on growing up in segregated America, the opportunity of the Black Lives Matter movement, and what inspires her to keep fighting.
Barbara Smith • Boston Globe
‘Systemic racism’ conveys the pervasiveness of racial oppression, but white supremacy goes further by indicating that there is a rigid nexus of power that protects and enforces it.
Dae Shik Kim, Jr. • The Nation
Too many Asian Americans have put proximity to whiteness over solidarity with Black people. It’s time for a radical readjustment.
Podcasts and Videos
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw
The different locations where White Supremacy has been deployed and unveiled amidst crisis — from voting booths in Wisconsin, royal handshakes at 10 Downing Street, and gun stores in the “American heartland,” to overcrowded jails in Chicago, public housing in the American South, and the chambers of Congress.
Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
On the anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., the hosts continue with the Get Un-Gaslit Summer Reading Series with an interview with sociologist Dr. Crystal Fleming.
The Dick Cavett Show
James Baldwin has an open discussion of racial prejudice, civil rights activism and policing. (1969)
A striking feature of the literature on social justice produced over the past
few decades is the marginality of racial justice as a central theme.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “white supremacy”? For actor comedian Peter Kim, it’s facing the commonplace cultural assumption that white is the default race in America.
The sanctity of the Second Amendment for all Americans is a myth. It is a myth today and it has been a myth from the beginning.
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