May 18, 2022

NO ONE HATES JUST MEXICANS:

Four reasons why a racist and antisemitic theory has become so dangerous -- and why we need to stop it (Aviya Kushner, May 16, 2022, The Tablet)

For the uninitiated, "The White Replacement Theory" claims that there is a grand plan to replace the white population of Western countries with people of color. "Since many white supremacists, particularly those in the United States, blame Jews for non-white immigration to the U.S. the replacement theory is now associated with antisemitism," the Anti-Defamation League explains. In other words, white supremacists believe Jews are masterminding a plan to replace whites.

The "white replacement theory" is becoming a more and more mainstream belief in America -- and it is colliding with other dangerous ideas, like the claim of election fraud.

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that a whopping 32% of Americans believe that "a group of people is trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains." This figure includes nearly half of Republicans polled.

I urge you to re-read that.

"A similar share (29%) also express concern that an increase in immigration is leading to native-born Americans losing economic, political, and cultural influence," the Associated Press reported.

The AP spelled out why those two beliefs -- "replacement" and loss of power -- are so dangerous. "These two key measures tap into the core arguments of Replacement Theory, a decades old idea, which posits that there is a group of powerful people in this country who are trying to permanently alter the culture and voting strength of native-born Americans by bringing in large groups of immigrants -- the study indicates about one in five (17%) adults agree with both of these central tenets."

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