From Annie Banks: “In this essay, I seek to find answers to the question, how does white supremacy harm white people? I feel that this line of inquiry is important to the struggle towards the destruction of white supremacy and the possibility of different worlds. Scholar Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez defines white supremacy as:
[…] an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and nations of the European continent, for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power, and privilege (1998).
I use the term “white supremacy” instead of racism because, as Martinez points out, this makes clear the “point” of white supremacy – that of elevating whites above all others, by whites (Martinez, 1998).”