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The Ideal Typical Representation of White Supremacy Open Access

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Over the last few years, America has seen a resurgence in white supremacist and white nationalist sentiment. As a consequence, Americans throughout the country are now having conversations that create different interpretations of the concept as a phenomenon when it appears in social situations. This study utilized Herbert Gan's functionalist perspective of poverty as a guide for understanding why white supremacy exists and persists and for whom it is positively functional. In combination with this approach, this study utilized a macro-social Weberian research strategy of constructing an ideal-typical representation or working model of white supremacy for the purpose of testing it against one historical and two contemporary cases of racial dynamics in the United States of America. This was done to contextualize and or objectify the Gansian approach regarding the existence and persistence of white supremacy and to determining how adequate the model was and or what changes the model needed in explaining race relations in the U.S between black and white people. The three considered cases were Charlottesville, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Ferguson.

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