Beyond “Privilege”: Whiteness as the Center of Racial Marginalization

  • Nolan L. Cabrera
  • Chris Corces-Zimmerman
Part of the Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality book series (NCUM)


One cannot have marginalization without a marginalizer group. Therefore, one cannot understand the racially oppressed without an appreciation for systemic white supremacy. Within this context, this chapter explores the process by which racial marginalization has been created and structured historically. We identify four White hegemonic alliances that have been centrally important in the racial oppression of People of Color in the United States: (1) Bacon’s Rebellion and the formation of Whiteness, (2) Reconstruction, (3) post-Civil Rights era, and (4) Trump administration. Each of these areas solidified an alliance between wealthy and working-class Whites aligned in oppressing People of Color. We demonstrate how these hegemonic alliances are largely predicated upon appeals to White injury coupled with an antiminority ideological orientation.


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  • Nolan L. Cabrera
    • 1
  • Chris Corces-Zimmerman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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