Last month the world witnessed one of the darkest moments in American history, when white supremacists stormed the U.S. Capitol in hopes of overthrowing the government, which the insurrectionists claimed was stealing an election that Donald Trump had actually won. In reality, they were driven by the same motives that led Trump to falsely claim the election had been stolen in the first place: an unyielding commitment to preserving the spoils of whiteness in America—spoils which millions of citizens view as their birthright.