seg·​re·​ga·​tion·​ist | \ˌse-gri-ˈgā-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of segregationist 

: a person who believes in or practices segregation especially of races

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Mississippi hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since the 1980s — back when some Southern Democrats were still unapologetic segregationists. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the Mississippi Senate election," 27 Nov. 2018 Russell, who died in 1971, was a segregationist and led Southern opposition to anti-lynching bills and other civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Support builds for plan to rename Senate building for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 Standing beside a bipartisan group of legislators, a small group of scouts returned to the state Capitol on Monday to once again ask lawmakers to get their founder’s name affixed to a Savannah bridge that currently honors a white segregationist. Washington Post, "Girl Scouts want Georgia bridge named after founder," 12 Mar. 2018 The second began in the early 1950s and lasted through the 1960s, as the civil rights movement led to a backlash among segregationists. Kate Santich,, "Report finds symbols of Confederacy still widespread, including 65 in Florida alone," 4 June 2018 With so many stories of mean-spirited and violent segregationists abusing black women and men, rarely did Lewis or Odum or progressives nationwide have to confront how their liberal reforms reified racial inequities. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 In exchange for supporting the bipartisan Hill-Burton Act, Southern (segregationist) Democrats demanded that preexisting practices of racial segregation remain intact. Jamila Michener, Vox, "The politics and policy of racism in American health care," 24 May 2018 Meacham begins the book, quite intentionally, with a speech by South Carolina segregationist Gov. Strom Thurmond in 1948 in Charlottesville, Va. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Soul of America' reminds us that living up to our highest ideals has always been tricky," 10 May 2018 Christianity as practiced by white racists and segregationists merely compromised with the status quo. Jemar Tisby, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: How crucifixion of Jesus foreshadowed lynching," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of segregationist

1913, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who supports racial segregation

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