white nationalism

[ hwahyt-nash-uh-nl-iz-uhm, nash-nuh-liz-uhm, wahyt ]

  1. the belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, and that in order to preserve their white, European, and Christian cultural identities, they need or deserve a segregated geographical area, preferential treatment, and special legal protections.

Origin of white nationalism

Coined by Thomas Chalmers Robertson (1907-89), South African ecologist, in his essay “Racism Comes to Power in South Africa: The Threat of White Nationalism” (1948)

word story For white nationalism

Though the definitions of white nationalism and white supremacy are similar, white supremacy is often viewed as having a broader meaning. In contrast, white nationalism is considered a variety of white supremacy that is generally tied to the belief that a separate geographic region or territory is a birthright granted to white people.
Critics of the term white nationalism argue that it is a euphemistic way to talk about white supremacy under the somewhat neutral guise of nationalism. Considering this, it is important to pay careful attention when using this term.

Other words from white nationalism

  • white na·tion·al·ist, noun

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