This article makes a good point: the brutality and violence that characterize the actual oppression and occupation of North America is routinely dismissed as mundane, because collectively white people do not want to admit that, at its very core, America as we know it is a white supremacist nation. Take, as one example, the backlash against the 1619 Project, in which a group of presumptively ‘fair-minded’ and ‘objective’ historians use their own biases to demolish, once again, historical realities and claim that the US started in 1776. This is a perfect example of white supremacy at work: biased white males claiming that they are the only nonbiased ones, and that it is Hannah-Jones who must be biased. As you point out, white supremacy is so mundane that it doesn’t deserve to be separated from ROUTINELY discriminatory and biased white behaviors, ones which POC”s are subjected to on a minute-to-minute basis.
I do, however, find that the phrase ‘white supremacy’ is helpful in underlining these facts and bringing them to the surface, because most white people haven’t even gotten to the point where they can admit what you’ve discussed in your essay. Assuming that, as a society, we have admitted that we are fundamentally white supremacist — that ALL white people benefit, regardless of their internalized desire for deniability and distortion of reality — we are then ready to give up the term.
Your point is well made: the moniker ‘white supremacist’ allows us as a society to separate ‘good’ white people from ‘bad’ ones, thus allowing an ‘out’ for white people who, regardless of their liberal stances or moderate views, benefit just as do conservative white people. Yet, because as a group not even this admission is made — because, as Charles Mills points out, white people collectively are, generally speaking, more interested in their ‘hallucination’ of goodness than they are in moral responses — we still require the term ‘white supremacy’ in order to name our historical AND current attitudes, as a society, accurately.
The collective hallucination in which most white people participate requires an ongoing reminder of their vast distortion in the form of phrases that underline reality.