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Great Replacement



  • Another Tragic Eruption of "Great Replacement" Violence

    by Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin

    "While the specific targets and methods of spreading this theory may be new, White native-born Americans worrying about being replaced is not. And history demonstrates that the theory has been repeatedly used to legitimize discrimination and deadly violence."



  • White Replacement Theory is Fascism's New Name

    by Jason Stanley and Federico Finchelstein

    The global adoption of the idea of ethnic replacement by right-wing politicians is a repackaging of the themes of Jim Crow racism, eugenics and fascism. 



  • Banning Abortion and The Buffalo Shooting are Connected

    by Mytheli Sreenivas

    The seeming coincidence of the Buffalo shooter's "Great Replacement" manifesto and the leaked Supreme Court decision actually highlights the way that women's reproductive freedoms are central to the politics of race and demography. 



  • Is the Left Involved in its Own "Great Replacement"?

    by Cathy Young

    No – while the Democrats have been publicly (and perhaps unjustifiably) confident that demographic change favors their electoral interests, the right is bringing a racist conspiracy theory from the fringes to the mainstream.



  • "Great Replacement" Shows how Many Americans Have Embraced Whites-Only Democracy

    by Adam Serwer

    Whether they blame a secret cabal of elites or the Democratic Party, proponents of "replacement" rhetoric share a belief that legitimate citizenship is racially exclusive and that legitimate elections require white voters to get what they want, echoing anti-immigrant and eugenics rhetoric of the early 20th century.


  • Historians on the Mainstreaming of the "Great Replacement" Myth

    by HNN Staff

    This conspiratorial claim of a plot by elites to replace whites with nonwhite and immigrant voters has moved from the far-right fringe to cable news and appears to have played a part in the radicalization of several mass shooters. Historians discuss what it is and what it means. 



  • Buffalo Shooting Exposes How History Shapes the Present

    by Chad Williams

    "Buffalo’s unique history of African American freedom, civil rights struggle and perseverance in the face of structural racism and economic neglect remind us of why Gendron targeted this particular community and why this shooting is especially heinous."



  • Buffalo Shooting Reflects Deeply Rooted American Ideas

    by Jesse Curtis

    Labeling the so-called "Great Replacement" a conspiracy theory obscures how closely it hews to commonplace American ideas about race, nation, and who is entitled to rule. 



  • Buffalo Mass Shooting Demands We Think About American Racism

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The gunman's manifesto shows the dangerous convergence on the right of anti-Black racism and a belief in white persecution. It also shows why the right is working so hard to fight teaching about racism in history classes. 



  • Racist "Replacement" Theory Goes Mainstream

    "White replacement theory" posits the existence of a plot to change America's racial composition by methodically enacting policies that reduce white Americans' political power. It's moved from the fringes of the hard right to the mainstream of conservative media and some Republican politicians.