But white supremacy is a system, not a collection of individuals acts of white violence. This system depends on settler-colonialism and the continued theft of indigenous land, on the enslavement and incarceration of Black people, and on xenophobia and neocolonialism against those identified as foreign, like Asian people. That it may be non-white people who uphold racism against other communities of color doesn’t mean it isn’t white supremacy. It means that white supremacy is a strong social system that structures our beliefs and lives, whether we are white or not.
Malcolm X was a major figure of the Civil Rights Movement who promoted Black nationalism, self-defense, and liberation before his assassination in 1965. His life, legacy, and death are still remembered more than 50 years later.