non·​white | \ ˌnän-ˈhwīt How to pronounce nonwhite (audio) , -ˈwīt\

Definition of nonwhite

: a person who is not of the white race

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nonwhite adjective

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The program is even less popular among nonwhites.

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Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who had written frequently and publicly about his desire to kill nonwhites, murdered nine members of the congregation, including the senior pastor. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "An assailant killed at least 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.," 27 Oct. 2018 Obamacare had been narrowing the gap between whites and nonwhites on health coverage. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "3.2 million more people were uninsured at the end of 2017 than at the end of 2016," 16 Jan. 2018 First, Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding nonwhites routinely betrays a dehumanizing prejudice. Nicholas T. Davis And Steven Miller, Vox, "Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand," 2 July 2018 The idea that demanding nonwhites use separate facilities was not discrimination, as long as the facilities were equal, was deemed constitutional in 1896, in Plessy v. Ferguson. Christine Emba,, "President Trump’s ‘Space Force’ brings back ‘separate but equal’," 20 June 2018 The unlikely coalition supporting the meeting with Kim includes 68% of women, 67% of liberals, 65% of nonwhites and 62% of Democrats -- all groups that tend to disapprove of the President by wide margins. Ryan Struyk, CNN, "The surprise coalition of Trump critics supporting the Kim Jong Un meeting," 11 May 2018 To win in November, Phillips says Abrams must increase turnout among nonwhites by 230,000 — about the margin by which Georgia Democrats have lost statewide races to Republicans in recent years. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "These Bay Area activists helped Stacey Abrams win Georgia’s Democratic primary," 23 May 2018 There is no significant difference in the rate of gun ownership across educational attainment among nonwhites. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Report: White Men Stockpile Guns Because They’re Afraid of Black People," 15 Mar. 2018 What matters is that nonwhites fight and defeat white supremacy, that women unite and defeat oppressive masculinity, and that the trans supplant and redefine the cis. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed," 18 May 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonwhite

: a person who is not a member of the white race : a person who does not have the light-colored skin of people whose ancestors were European

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