New York Times columnist Charles Blow reacted to a recent scandal in Los Angeles involving Latino officials by warning of an evil more insidious than white supremacy: “lite supremacy.”
In reference to racially charged remarks made in leaked audio by Latino leaders including Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, who has since resigned, Blow argued the country won’t necessarily become less racist “as it becomes less white.”
- “With the browning of America, white supremacy could simply be replaced by — or buffeted by — a form of ‘lite’ supremacy, in which fairer-skin people perpetuate a modified anti-Blackness rather than eliminating it,” he wrote.
- “I, too, wish that we were destined for the idealized future that some activists long for: an America that, as it becomes less white, also becomes less racist and more racially egalitarian and accepting,” he continued.
- “But that hopeful future isn’t destined, no matter how much more racially tolerant we believe our children are, no matter how much more often racial diversity is presented in pop culture, no matter how often we have multicultural potlucks at work.”