The Bottom Line

Why is white supremacy growing in the United States?

President Biden promised to confront white supremacy but past notions on race persist – and flourish – among Americans.

For centuries, there was no significant challenge to the supremacy of white people in the United States.

White nationalists speak of “saving America” – but who are they saving it for? And who are they saving it from?

In the last few years, demographic shifts and changing attitudes have brought a sense of anxiety among whites, who fear they will lose their majority status, become “replaced” by minorities and face all kinds of hostilities.

Host Steve Clemons asks Kathleen Belew, author of A Field Guide to White Supremacy, and Wes Bellamy, author of When White Supremacy Knocks, about the future of race in American society.