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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The leading Republican supporter was South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, the longtime segregationist and opponent of civil liberties. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019 Slamming Biden’s wistfulness for polite segregationists was also a way to paint him as Grandpa Joe, out of touch with modern sensibilities and too old to entrust with the presidency. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "20 for 2020: Dual Democratic debates in Miami could be defining or disastrous for presidential hopefuls," 24 June 2019 In the June debates Harris revealed that she was being bussed to school while Biden was palling around with segregationists, resulting in the most talked about moment of those debates and a bump for Harris in the polls. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "How to watch the Democratic debates: Round two," 30 July 2019 In the first Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris pointed out that as a senator, former vice president Joe Biden worked with segregationists in the 1970s to oppose forced busing to integrate public schools. Joe Garofoli,, "Billionaire San Francisco Democratic donor Tom Steyer may run for president after all," 8 July 2019 At the first Democratic debate in June, Sen. Kamala Harris called him out for fondly recalling working with segregationists., "Joe Biden’s latest gaffe raises eyebrows: ‘Poor kids are just as bright’ as ‘white kids'," 9 Aug. 2019 In the same discursive vein, Biden’s wistful recollection of working alongside segregationists James Eastland and Herman Talmadge sent up clear alarms. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Destructive Politics of White Amnesia," 6 Aug. 2019 In Miami, Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, scored tons of points by going after Biden on busing and his comments on having worked with segregationists while in the Senate. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Democrats take the stage for the second night of debate in Detroit. Here's how to watch and what you should know," 31 July 2019 In Miami, Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, scored tons of points by going after Biden on busing and his comments on having worked with segregationists while in the Senate. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Your guide to the Democratic debates in Detroit: Lineup, schedule, what to watch," 19 July 2019

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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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