Normally, whenever someone thinks of a white supremacist, one imagines a Klansman, Skinhead, Hammerskin, Neo-Nazi, and the like. We regularly think of white males, mostly from trailer parks in the Southern United States, wearing white robes with pointed hoods, bald heads, Nazi paraphernalia, racist tattoos, and confederate flag designs. We picture a white man with racist mannerisms such as the Nazi salute and using hate speech and epithets. We imagine the typical white supremacist as the worst of the worst, a human being that is to be loathed by everyone, especially by whites who consider themselves colorblind and non-racist.
However, reality teaches us that there are individuals who actively and inactively support the system of institutional racism and enforcing white supremacy. You can find them at school, in the educational system, the police department, at almost every business and corporation, in the media, and in every branch of government. These people can be teachers, politicians, cops, co-workers and bosses, to name a few.
Simply put, anyone who participates in maintaining the system of white supremacist is a white supremacist. They don’t have to wear hoods and scream “white power” as they march with Nazi and Confederate flags, nor do they don’t have to use racist namecalling to get show off their ignorance.
A white supremacist can be in a suit and tie, a dress, casual wear, or completely naked. They can be male and female. They can even be nonwhite!
The bottom line is that if they support and practice racism and oppression based on color, or if they so much as deny that it exists and do nothing, they are white supremacists.
Sounds harsh? So what!? It’s NOTHING compared to being a victim of such a system.