seg·​re·​ga·​tion·​ist | \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce segregationist (audio) \

Definition of segregationist

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Her own career as a far-right political operative who worked for segregationist Jesse Helms also goes unmentioned. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Does The Washington Post Publish This Never-Trump Drivel?," 17 Sep. 2020 Williams went on to work for the South Carolina NAACP for more than 20 years, and made two losing bids for the U.S. Senate seat held by famed segregationist Strom Thurmond. Cecil Williams, National Geographic, "Take a virtual tour of South Carolina’s only civil rights museum," 16 Sep. 2020 An avid segregationist, presidential candidate George Wallace of the American Independent Party won five states in November. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Understanding 2020’s confusion," 30 Aug. 2020 Like many fundamentalist pastors now dipping their toe into electoral politics, Criswell, the pastor of the massive First Baptist Church in Dallas, was a former segregationist. Rick Perlstein, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Interview With ‘Playboy’ Magazine Nearly Torpedoed Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaign," 17 Aug. 2020 Marshall was a staunch segregationist, only allowing black players onto his team after the government threatened to revoke his lease on the D.C. Stadium (now known as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium). Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Washington, D.C. Football Team to Retire Its Racist Name," 13 July 2020 The elder Stennis was a segregationist much of his career. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Denver Post, "Mississippi faces reckoning on Confederate emblem in flag," 13 June 2020 Biden negotiated the crime bill with the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., a longtime segregationist who ran for president in 1948 as a Dixiecrat. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Young Black voters say they aren't enthusiastic about a Joe Biden presidency," 9 July 2020 Carter, for example, styled himself a racial progressive, yet courted Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a former segregationist, in the 1976 primary. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Biden, Democrats hope to accelerate Southern political shift," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of segregationist

1913, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2020

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“Segregationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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: a person who supports racial segregation

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