[ hwahyt-lash, wahyt‐ ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˌlæʃ, ˈwaɪt‐ /


a hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups: a whitelash against African Americans, immigrants, and Muslims.

Origin of whitelash

First recorded in 1965–70; blend of white and (back)lash
Also called white backlash.
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