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Anti-immigrant protesters in Calais hold a banner in French reading "Diversity is a code word for white genocide", November 8, 2015

The white genocide conspiracy theory is a Neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and supremacist conspiracy theory[1] that mass immigration, racial integration, miscegenation, low fertility rates, and abortion are being promoted in predominantly white countries to deliberately turn them minority-white and hence cause white people to become extinct through forced assimilation.[2] The phrase "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white", coined by high-profile white nationalist Robert Whitaker, is commonly associated with the topic of white genocide.[3][4] It has appeared on billboards in the United States near Birmingham, Alabama[5] and in Harrison, Arkansas.[6] The conspiracy theory had already been purported in Nazi Germany by a pamphlet written for the "Research Department for the Jewish question" of Walter Frank's "Reich Institute" with the title "Are the White Nations Dying? The Future of the White and the Colored Nations in the Light of Biological Statistics".[7]

Origins

The phrase first appeared sporadically in the neo-Nazi publications White Power[8] and WAR[9] in the 1970s and 1980s, where it primarily referred to contraception and abortion. The conspiracy theory was developed by the neo-Nazi David Lane in his White Genocide Manifesto (c. 1995, origin of the later use of the term),[10][11][12][8] where he made the claim that the government policies of many Western countries had the intent of destroying white European culture and making white people an "extinct species".[13] Lane—a founding member of the organization The Order—criticized miscegenation, abortion, homosexuality, the legal repercussions against those who "resist genocide", and the "Zionist Occupation Government" that he said controls the United States and the other majority-white countries and which encourages "white genocide". It is rooted in "doctrines of universalism both secular and religious", according to Lane, and it may have been a factor that led to the murder of anti-Nazi Jewish talk-show commentator Alan Berg in 1984.[clarification needed] Prior to his murder, Berg regularly taunted racists on his show.[13]

While individual iterations of the conspiracy theory vary on who is assigned blame, Jewish influence, people who hate whites,[14] and liberal political forces are commonly cited by white supremacists as being the main factors leading to a white genocide.[15][16][17][18] This view is held by prominent figures such as David Duke, who cites Jews and "liberal political ideals" as the main causes.[19][20] White nationalist Robert Whitaker, who coined the phrase "anti-racist is a code word for anti-white", uses "anti-White" to describe those whom he believes are responsible for the genocide of white people, and he has singled out Jews as a contributing force.[21][22][23][better source needed]

However, the view that Jews are responsible for a white genocide is contested by other white supremacist figures, such as Jared Taylor.[24]

Conspiracists and their contentions

White genocide conspiracists include (in alphabetical order):

  • Mike Cernovich, an American alt-right social media personality, writer, and conspiracy theorist, promotes the white genocide as a valid theory,[25] claiming that "white genocide is real" in relation to South Africa.[26]
  • Ann Coulter, an American conservative social, writer and political commentator, supports the white genocide conspiracy theory.[27] She has declared the Boers to be the "only real refugees" in South Africa,[28] whilst been reported to have invoked the conspiracy theory more generally, with her statement "‘Diversity’ = nonwhite; ‘White supremacist’ = Not anti-white."[29]
  • James Edwards, an American far-right political activist, has stated that miscegenation is a part of the conspiracy,[30] saying that "interracial sex is white genocide".[31]
  • Mike Enoch, an American white nationalist, antisemite and alt-right activist, has expressed his belief in the conspiracy.[32]
  • Nick Fuentes, an American right-wing YouTube personality and political commentator, has promoted the concept of a white genocide taking place in the western world.[33][34]
  • Faith Goldy,[35][36][37] a Canadian right-wing writer and commentator, has linked white genocide with recent removal of Confederate statues, claiming the monuments were being replaced "because [white] people are being replaced."[38] Her belief in the subject has resulted in criticism, including a petition to rescind her Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award,[39] as well as contributing to her dismissal at The Rebel Media.[40] GQ magazine have labelled Goldy as "one of Canada's most prominent propagandists" of the theory.[41]
  • Alex Jones,[42] an American radio show host and conspiracy theorist, has claimed that NFL players protesting the US national anthem were "kneeling to white genocide".[43] He also contends that both Democrats and communists are plotting imminent[44] "white genocide" attacks.[45]
  • Stefan Molyneux,[46][47] a Canadian podcaster and YouTuber, asserts that there is "a conspiracy of silence from the media and NGOs" regarding the concept, suggesting these institutions "don’t want to scare the whites in the west with what happens when whites become a minority in a highly aggressive and tribalised world".[48] He accused portrait painter Kehinde Wiley of being a "white genocide fetish artist", after he was selected to paint President Obama's presidential portrait.[49][50]
  • Henrik Palmgren, a Swedish white nationalist political podcaster, vlogger, and YouTube personality, believes the in the conspiracy theory of white genocide,[51] and frequently promotes the concept on his Red Ice platforms.[52][53]
  • Michael Savage, an American radio host, author and conservative political commentator, has publicy shown his belief in the concept.[54] He has accused US President Barack Obama[55] and the Democratic Party itself for attempting white genocide within the United States.[56][57] Savage has declared that there is a "cultural genocide being promulgated against Caucasians".[58]
  • Lauren Southern, a Canadian far-right internet personality and political activist, has promoted the white genocide conspiracy theory.[59] She advocates for European countries to refuse refugees from Africa and Asia, saying that immigration would lead to white genocide.[60]
  • Jared Taylor, an American white supremacist, has advocated the conspiracy theory,[61] hosting the Suidlanders on his American Renaissance podcast to discuss the topic,[62] also encouraging donations to the South African organisation.[63] He has recommended Jean Raspail's The Camp of the Saints to his followers.[64]

South Africa

Far-right and alt-right figures, such as singer Steve Hofmeyr, have claimed that a "white genocide" is taking place in South Africa.[65] The manifesto of far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik entitled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence devotes an entire section to an alleged "genocide" against Afrikaners. It also contains several other references to alleged persecution of whites in South Africa and the attacks on white farmers.[65] Mike Cernovich, an American alt-right commentator, has previously stated that "white genocide in South Africa is real."[66] The survivalist group the Suidlanders has claimed credit for publicizing the issue internationally.[67]

Africa Check, a fact-checking organisation, has rejected these claims as false: "In fact, whites are less likely to be murdered than any other race group." Africa Check reported that while whites account for nearly 9% of the South African population they represent just 1.8% of murder victims. Lizette Lancaster from the Institute for Security Studies has said that "Whites are far less likely to be murdered than their black or coloured counterparts."[68]

Discourse

Anders Behring Breivik's entitled manifesto makes frequent mention of an alleged ongoing genocide against white Europeans.[13] In 2016, Donald Trump garnered controversy after retweeting Twitter user @WhiteGenocideTM,[69] and @EustaceFash, whose Twitter header image at the time also included the term "white genocide".[70] A 2016 analysis of his Twitter feed during the Republican presidential primaries showed that 62% of those that he chose to retweet in an average week followed multiple accounts which discussed the conspiracy theory, and 21% followed prominent white nationalists online.[71] Andrew Anglin of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer said that "it isn't statistically possible that two ['white genocide' tweets] back to back could be a random occurrence. It could only be deliberate [...] Today in America the air is cold and it tastes like victory."[70]

Discussion threads on the white nationalist Internet forum Stormfront often center around the theme of white people being subjected to genocidal policies by their governments.[13] The concept has also been popularized by the alt-right movement in the United States.[72][73] The 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia referenced the conspiracy theory as tiki torch-wielding protestors yelled "You will not replace us!" and "Jews will not replace us!".

The notion of racial purity, homogeneity, or "racial hygiene" is an underlying theme of the white genocide discourse and it has been used by people with neo-Nazi and white supremacist backgrounds.[14][74]

See also

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