Posted March 08, 2018 05:31:03The word “white privilege” has been around since at least the 1950s, but was not coined until the 1990s.
But in the last 10 years, white privilege has become more prevalent, with its use being used as a buzzword in a number of academic disciplines.
It has also become a buzzphrase in media outlets.
In this year’s Oscars, the term was used as part of the acceptance speech, as the film-makers chose to honour the Black Lives Matter movement.
In an article for The Atlantic, journalist Jodi Kantor said white privilege was the “unfinished product” of America’s “deeply racist, male-dominated, capitalist society”.
The article also stated: “White privilege is the social and economic status that white people have attained over and above the privileges of other ethnicities and nationalities in the United States.”
Kantor said “white supremacy” was a “false concept” because “it assumes that the very existence of white privilege is inherently beneficial to white people, and therefore has little to do with race”.
She continued: “The fact that white supremacy is used as shorthand to describe white people’s privileges is an irony of history.
It is a legacy of the US’s racist history, which has historically denied people of color the opportunity to participate in mainstream American society, and which, despite all of the gains that have been made for African Americans, still continues to perpetuate discrimination against people of colour.”
Read moreThe term has gained notoriety because of the backlash it has sparked.
The term was coined by a white supremacist activist, David Duke, in a 2013 essay for the alt-right publication The Daily Stormer.
The phrase was also used to describe people who are “white supremacist”, meaning they hold white supremacy beliefs, which is what Duke believes.
Duke said at the time that “white” and “supremacist” were the “two sides” of the spectrum of racism.
In 2014, a group of white men, led by David Duke and a man named Mike Cernovich, formed a movement called the League of the South.
They wanted to establish an “ethno-state” in the US.
They did not succeed, but they did become the leading figures in white nationalism.
In February 2018, Trump was named the first white president.
The white supremacists were still calling themselves the League, and were even considering the creation of a “new nation state” in a speech at the Republican National Convention in July 2018.
In the following year, the “white power” movement gained traction in the mainstream media, with a series of articles about the term “white genocide”.
The term itself is still being used by white supremacists.
In November 2018, a US Army general resigned after it emerged he was involved in white supremacist forums, in what the general said was a mistake.
He admitted that he did not realise the comments he made about black people in an online discussion were racist.
The general, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, was later fired.
In September 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center said the Southern Baptist Convention was among the groups it considered to be racist and anti-gay.
A year later, in April 2019, a white nationalist called Joseph David Duke became the first major US president to resign after a string of racist comments.
In March 2020, the US Congress passed the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which aims to “eliminate all forms of hate and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and national origin”.
The bill is currently before the US Supreme Court, and will allow the government to prosecute people who express “hate speech” on social media, as well as anyone who posts anti-Semitic, white supremacist or anti-Muslim comments.
The act would also allow the federal government to impose civil penalties on anyone who uses “race, religion or gender identity or expression as a basis for unlawful conduct”.