This blog dedicates a lot of space to an intersectional analysis of power.
I write a lot about race and racism. I use the word black to describe people who are not white, rather than defining black people in relation to the dominant narrative. Terms that desrobe black people in accordance to our ‘difference’ from white people include: non white, BME, BAME, ethnic minority- these terms often describe (a lack of) black representation, but I don’t like them for a number of reasons- one of them being the problem of ownership. The word black is used in a political sense, an umbrella term for political people who self- identify, originate or have ancestry from global majority populations (i.e. African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin America) and Indigenous and Bi-racial backgrounds. The best description I could find for political blackness was via black feminists, you can read their awesome manifesto here.
I use white supremacy in the very literal sense of a society that favours whiteness, Others those who are not white, and prioritises white interests. This is the only terminology I can use to describe structural racism. At its most pervasive, this supremacy posits itself as the ‘norm’, whilst all things associated with blackness is the Other. This also means the cultural invisibility of the interests of those who are not white. White narratives are dominant. And there are always deliberate efforts to perpetuate this. Black narratives are rendered invisible, are ridiculed, or reviled Feminists have the word ‘patriarchy’ to describe what they consider male supremacy. There is not yet one for white supremacy so the phrase will have to do for now.
A quick google defines patriarchy as ‘a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.’ I can’t really argue with that definition.