Let’s call this what it is. Let’s silence the dog whistles. Let’s take a deep breath and stand back to look at the events of this past weekend. Let’s call it what it is: White Supremacy. Let’s go over what it’s not. It’s not the “alt-right” movement, it’s not the protest of an oppressed people, it’s not a display of patriotism by “real” Americans. Let’s call it what it is: White Supremacy. Let’s stop dancing around our discomfort with the term. Let’s stop pretending that we live in an equal society. Let’s stop pretending that racism doesn’t exist. Let’s face this ugliness like adults and call it what it is: White Supremacy. The idealistic dreams on which our country was founded have not been realized. Let’s call it what it is.

White Supremacy, noun. the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.

White Supremacy shows its face when a legitimately elected black man has his citizenship questioned in a smear campaign. White Supremacy is when police officers shoot an unarmed black child in a park. White Supremacy is when a person of color is automatically labeled a terrorist or a thug. White Supremacy is when a white college student rapes a classmate and gets a reduced sentence. White Supremacy is society seeing people of color as dangerous or untrustworthy based on nothing more than melanin.

Despite our founding fathers’ lofty goals, our country’s wealth and power are built on the foundation of White Supremacy. White Supremacy is us. It’s the legacy our forbearers built for us and the future we are building for our children.

So let’s call it what it is and figure out how to eradicate it. Because a United States that embraces White Supremacy will never be truly united.

Amie Acton

Alfred Station