Here we are again in a very familiar place. A mass shooting. Outrage. Prayers. Calls for reasonable gun control. Screeds on social media advocating white supremacy. And now, Replacement theory.
One in three American adults now believe that an effort is underway “to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains,” according to an Associated Press poll released this month. The poll also found that people who mostly watched right-wing media outlets like Fox News are more likely to believe in Replacement theory.
Here’s Tucker Carlson fanning the flames: “Why is diversity said to be our greatest strength? Does anyone even ask why? “Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it.”
Okay, Tucker I will. Everyone living in this country, except Native Americans, who, by the way, were slaughtered and replaced by White people from Europe, have ancestry from other countries. We are all immigrants. Yes Tucker, you too. Diversity defines America. It’s just that you want to exclude anyone who doesn’t look like you.
In fact, a Times investigation published this month showed that in more than 400 episodes of his show, Mr. Carlson pushes the idea that Democratic politicians and assorted elites want to force demographic change through immigration.
This belief transforms social issues into direct threats: immigration is a problem because immigrants will out-breed the white population, abortion is a problem because white babies will be aborted, black people are a threat because they may marry white women whose babies will be tainted.
When we witnessed and heard the infamous chant in the White supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia: “Jews will not replace us, Jews will not replace us,” many were exposed to replacement theory for the first time. But this is not a new phenomenon in this country.
Why are they chanting “Jews will not replace us?” Because Jews are part of an international cabal and conspiracy to destroy the White Christian world and replace it with the ‘other’. Isn’t that obvious? What does the “other” include? Essentially non-White immigrants, and ultimately, anyone who is viewed as not a member of the White Christian universe.
Yes, the Jews have been trying to destroy the Christian world ever since the apostles co-opted Jesus from them. After all, Jesus was a Jew (albeit, not pleased with the state of Judaism at the time) who was bringing a new message, a more inclusive one for that matter. He actually was a strong believer in the “other.” He said: “Whatever we do to the least of our neighbors we do to Him (God).” Seems the White Christians of this country have strayed from Jesus’ teachings. Forget about the Muslims, Hindu’s Buddhists, Jews who are not Christian being the “other,” but what about all the Latina, Black and Asians who are Christian? How is it that they are excluded and considered a threat? Oh right, they are not real Christians because they are not White!
In fact, it is more than likely that Jesus himself, growing up in the Middle East, was a brown skinned person (think Palestinian of today’s world?) than a White one. So when you think about it, the person who the White Christian world is defending against the “other,” is the “other.” So what does that make him? The enemy?
So if Jesus were to return, the promoters of Replacement theory might be in for a shock. Jesus might say: “You people know nothing about who I am and what I stand for. In fact, you have strayed so far from my teachings that you have become the other! Actually, it is time that you were replaced! It is time that Black people who have endured the evils of your White supremacy can feel safe and have equal opportunities; it is time for Islamophobia to be a thing of the past; it is time for the brown skinned people crossing the border escaping danger and abuse to be embraced. And Tucker Carlson, you are an abomination, an embarrassment to my cause and a dangerous man who needs to be replaced. And that brings me to Rupert Murdoch, who employs Carlson. He is the devil himself. Not only does he need to be replaced, but there will be no place for him in God’s kingdom, and there is a place for both of them somewhere else.