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Renaud Camus and Tucker Carlson on Great Replacement Theory, racist show

Renaud Camus
Renaud Camus

What Does the "Great Replacement Theory" Mean?

A top border guard recently said that the white supremacist dog whistle was being used.

More and more people believe a racist conspiracy theory that says white Americans are being "replaced" by people of color on purpose. On Fox News, Border Patrol agent Brandon Judd, who is in charge of the agents' union, said the same thing.

Bill Hemmer, an anchor, asked Judd why he thinks President Biden has allowed "almost an open border." Judd said, "I think they're trying to change the demographics of the electorate." USA Today says that while Judd was talking, cameras zoomed in on what looked like people of color crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Judd added, "They want to stay in power, and the only way to stay in power is to keep getting elected."

His words, which are not based on facts, sound like a theory that hate groups have been spreading for a long time, which says that left-leaning elites are trying to get rid of white people. The fact that these beliefs are shared by a federal worker who is paid by taxpayers and has such important responsibilities shows that the conspiracy theory is entering a dark new phase.

Great Replacement Theory

What is the origin of the Great Replacement Theory?

The Great Replacement Theory has been around since the early 20th century. It says that changes in the population, like the fact that there are fewer white people, are not just caused by immigration, but by political will.

The French author Renaud Camus's books helped spread the idea that "replacing elites" are replacing white Europeans with non-Europeans like Arab, Berber, and Turkish people, as well as Muslims from sub-Saharan Africa. It became popular among white supremacists in the West and quickly spread to more people in general.

The ADL gives many examples of how spreading the Great Replacement Theory into the public consciousness has led to terrible things. In 2017, white supremacist protesters at the University of Virginia said "Jews will not replace us" and "You will not replace us" over and over again the night before the Unite The Right rally. In October of the next year, white supremacist Robert Bowers wrote a post on the hate forum Gab in which he talked about the Great Replacement. He then went to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people in cold blood.

Patrick Crusius, a white supremacist who killed 23 people and hurt dozens more in a Walmart in El Paso in 2019, had written a manifesto in which he talked about a "Hispanic invasion." USA Today says that Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people at two mosques in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2018, had also posted an online manifesto called "The Great Replacement" before the attack.

Tucker Carlson, who is a host on Fox News, often repeats arguments for the replacement theory. In April of last year, he said on the air, "I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter get literally hysterical if you use the word "replacement," if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters who are currently casting ballots, with new, more obedient voters from the Third World. But they start to freak out because that's exactly what's happening. Let's just say it: That's true."

Carlson is far from unique as a public commentator. Laura Ingraham, who is a TV host, has said, "Massive demographic changes have been forced on the American people. None of us voted for these changes, and most of us don't like them." She has specifically criticized the Biden administration's immigration policy, saying that it is meant to create a huge number of Democratic voters and that "every single one of them will have two or three kids."

In an extreme, anti-Semitic version of the conspiracy theory, it is said that a group of political elites are trying to replace white Americans and Europeans with non-white immigrants who will vote for left-leaning politicians. This is said to be happening with the help of evil Jewish fixers who hang around in the background.

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