Four reasons why “The Great White Replacement Theory” has become so dangerous

The Buffalo massacre represents another red-alarm moment that Jews are obligated to confront


Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017. (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Aviya Kushner, The Forward

Let’s talk about “The Great White Replacement Theory.” If you would rather not, or if you believe it’s too ridiculous a lie to confront, please consider just one simple and undeniable fact documented by new polling — how popular it is in America.

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.

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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.”

These statistics present a red-alarm moment.