One of the most effective tools of maintaining a global system of white supremacy is deception. In the early stages of racism, the white supremacists went out of their way to be as open as possible about their racist views and policies. Consequently, they realized that having an overt system of oppression will create overt opposition to that system.
So the system of white supremacy had to go through a refinement stage. And part of the new refined form of white supremacy is denial. The most common tactic used today by the white supremacist, and the racist suspects, is to deny the existence of systematic white supremacy, no matter how much evidence is presented to prove it’s existence.
When evidence of systematic white supremacy is presented to the point beyond denial, the white supremacists will employ one of two tactics;
- They will deflect and change the subject ( such as the common “what about Black on Black crime” deflection)
- They will temporary deny a person’s whiteness, or even their own.
If a person classified as white commits a heinous crime or racist act, the white supremacists will focus on the person’s ethnic group or religion as a way to temporary deny the person’s whiteness.
When the white supremacist career criminal George Zimmerman murdered an innocent unarmed Black child in Florida, most white supremacist supporters of Zimmerman tried in vain to point out that he was hispanic and not white. Yet no hispanic groups ever supported Zimmerman. But several suspected (and open) white supremacists group supported him. Because he was one of them.
When white supremacist basketball team owner Donald Sterling made a series of racist, anti-Black remarks in a secret recording, the white supremacists denied his whiteness by claiming Sterling was a jew and not white. Yet in America (and Europe) most of the people who practice the jewish religion are self-identified and classified as white.
In 2013 when two white men, brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off a bomb at the Boston Marathon, people tried to claim that they were not white but were muslims. Even though these men immigrated from the North Caucasus region of Europe.
Many times when a non-white person is engaging in a debate with a person who is suspected of being a white supremacist themselves, that white person will sometimes temporarily deny their own whiteness as a way to get out of the hot seat and not be accused of racism. The person might claim to be 1/16th Native American. And once they have temporarily established their non-white status with you, they will usually proceed to throw out every cliché white supremacist talking point imaginable.
And once these people get around other people classified as white, they will go back to claiming their white classification, and take advantage of the privileges and benifits that go along with being classified as white.