White racialized identity cannot be separated from the perception of the Christian cultural self of Europe. In the nineteenth century, a central part of white European (particularly British) identity was Pro…
…ism, and it is an expression of self-racialization. This is what is meant when sociologists talk of America’s ‘civil religion’ — it is in itself an articulation of white nationalist ideology.
That is, the category and practice of whiteness is both racial and religious.