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The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

General Material
Training Tools
Published Date
January, 2001

This page, an excerpt from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, lists characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations, including perfectionism, sense of urgency, defensiveness, quantity over quality, and more. The page explains why these characteristics are harmful and offers antidotes to help dismantle white supremacy culture. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group.