Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Replacement Theory and The Future of America’s Identity Crisis

By Robert Stark

In response to last month’s massacre in Buffalo, the Democrats have put forth legislation to condemn the Great Replacement Theory, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding that Fox News cancel Tucker Carlson for promoting the theory, and Neocon Never Trumper, Jenifer Rubin, called on Joe Biden to attack the White Grievance Industry. The Great Replacement theory was coined by French identitarian intellectual, Renaud Camus, and Wikipedia describes the theory as those believing “that, with the complicity or cooperation of “replacist” elites, white European populations are being demographically and culturally replaced with non-white peoples—especially from Muslim-majority countries—through mass migration, demographic growth and a drop in the birth rate of white Europeans.” There were previous pushes to censor talk about the Great Replacement after the massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand and in El Paso.

There are various takes on replacement theory ranging form antisemitic conspiracy theories to the more garden variety conservative tropes that Democrats are engineering demographic change to secure permanent electoral hegemony. America’s demographic transformation is clear, but the question is whether there are intentional motives or not. There is truth to the theory but it is not so much a secretive conspiracy but rather an assortment of special interests with various partisan, ideological and economic motives, many of which may be cloaked in genuinely held moral sentiments about human rights and being welcoming. Certainly capitalism plays a major role, as far as corporations wanting to undercut labor costs.

Many prominent figures on the left and establishment have cheered on demographic replacement. For instance when the 2020 census data was released, Jimmy Fallon’s audience cheered the announcement that the number of White people went down, and Jenifer Rubin proclaimed that “a more diverse, more inclusive society. this is fabulous news. now we need to prevent minority White rule.” Other examples include, the New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg, proclaiming that Yes We Can Replacement Them, anti-racist advocate Tim Weiss stating that “Because you’re on the endangered list. And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving. In 40 years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave It to Beaver. It’s OK. Because in about 40 years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.” Even Joe Biden echoed similar sentiment as Vice President, stating that “Fewer than 50% of the people in America from then and on will be white European stock….that’s not a bad thing, that’s a source of our strength.”

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