Posted on December 6, 2017

UVA Lecturer: Saying MAGA Is ‘Covert White Supremacy’

Isaiah Denby, Washington Examiner, December 6, 2017

Lawrence Ross, a well-known author focused on race, recently delivered a controversial lecture at the University of Virginia (UVA).

“There will never be a n — r in SAE, There will never be a n — r in SAE … You can hang him from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me, there will never be a n — r in SAE,” Ross sang, referring to a chant repeated by University of Oklahoma students in a 2015 video of fraternity brothers on a party bus that went viral.


Ross presented a seemingly broad definition of what he identifies as “covert white supremacy.” On a projector screen, Ross designated actions as either “overt” or “covert” white supremacy through a pyramid graph.

According to Ross, actions that classify as covert white supremacy include chanting “Make America Great Again,” celebrating Columbus Day, saying “But we’re just one human family,” having the belief we are “Post-Racial,” claiming reverse racism or making the argument “Don’t blame me, I never owned slaves.”

“Race is a biological nothing, but is a very important sociological something, and if you ignore the sociological something, you’re doing me a disservice,” Ross explained.


Ross also detailed what he perceives as a common misconception on college campuses regarding race.

“We all thinks racism equals cancer,” Ross stated. “A lot of our universities don’t realize that they’re sick.”

Other examples that Ross considers as “covert white supremacy” include racist mascots, fearing people of color, “Assuming that Good Intentions are Enough,” blaming the victim, or someone asking “But what about me?”

The top of Ross’ pyramid graph included nine examples of “expressions of white supremacy” that he deems socially unacceptable. The nine include lynching, hate crimes, swastikas, the N-word, the KKK, burning crosses, racial slurs, racist jokes, and Neo-Nazis.


“Racism is based on a system of white supremacy, where the pseudo-science says that Europeans can exploit non-Europeans,” he tweeted. “From there, you get racism to support it.”


Lawrence C. Ross