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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A few more stories in the same vein followed: Hyde-Smith attended a white segregationist school in her youth and more recently posted pictures on Facebook wearing a Confederate uniform. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the Mississippi Senate election," 27 Nov. 2018 There have been glaring exceptions, especially in the 1950s and ’60s, but in general the Court has continually defended the powerful against the weak — from slaveholders to segregationists to corporations. Sean Illing, Vox, "The case for abolishing the Supreme Court," 12 Oct. 2018 No one is safe from Schuyler’s biting mockery, not Southern segregationists or black liberationists. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race," 9 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of segregationist

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of segregationist was in 1913

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: a person who supports racial segregation

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