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

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.