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President Jim Crow: Donald Trump’s White Supremacy Week | The Root

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President Jim Crow: Donald Trump’s White Supremacy Week | The Root

By Michael Harriot, The Root

We should stop referring to Donald Trump as a racist.

Racism—the “belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities”—is a personal and individual principle that only exists in theory. Racism cannot be objectively measured or detected, as it is always subject to interpretation. Because of this, it is easily denied by people who insist God “knows their hearts,” and after a thorough Jesus-approved evaluation, was unable to find a “racist bone” in their bodies.

White supremacy, however, is different. Although we have been led to believe that white supremacy is the superlative form of racism, it is not. Nor is white supremacy synonymous with racism (which is why we have to modify the word “racism” by adding “systemic” to create an approximate equivalent term). White supremacy is the institutional phenomenon that produces favorable social, economic and political outcomes for white people.

Full article @ The Root