Ending White Supremacy Requires White People To Realize That Black Liberation Isn't A 'Zero Sum Game'

America loves whiteness.

And that “love” is at the expense of everyone else in this country, especially Black folks.

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“What white supremacy does is it automatically elevates and privileges whites, regardless of any other characteristic than whiteness,” says Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and New York Times best-selling author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

It’s evident that white privilege invades and exists in every space in the United States; from the racial wealth gap to where people can live, or whether or not they can vote, and how students are educated, just to name a few. Even if it appears subtle, whiteness and its advantages are very real.

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As we continue addressing the country’s white supremacist roots,—whether by protesting in the streets or calling out racist practices in the workplace—ultimately it’s time to dismantle the oppressive system once and for all. Learn more about “white rage,” why some white folks in particular have a hard time grasping the concept of white privilege, and more in the video above.

Jessica Moulite is an award-winning Video Producer at The Root passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures and all things Black culture. She's also probably watching “Living Single.”

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ex Uncouth Sloth

Excellent thesis. Right on the head. ‘Zero-sum’ is what America and Americans are all about anymore. After all, ‘Looking out for #1' doesn’t allow for anything else for anyone else. I wish us all the best of luck.

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