An Unjustified Excuse

Robert Bowers, October 2018 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, killed 11 people. Brenton Tarrant , during the month of March 2019, live-streamed the killing of 51 people at 2 mosques in NewZealand. John Earnest, April 2019 in a synagogue found in Poway, killed 1 and injured 3 persons. All of these acts were inspired by one conspiracy, The Great Replacement Theory.

Thought by many white supremacists, it is believed that while states allow more and more immigrants to enter the country, the white caucasian population would diminish in western countries. They fear the extinction of white people with the replacement with people of different cultures and religions. The Great Replacement Theory, an illusion put in place to justify someone’s xenophobia.

It all originated from the French author Maurice Barres who wrote Le Grand Replacement. With the help of Renaud Camus who published and brought attention to Mr. Barres work. Funny enough, Mr. Barres was not where the theory originated from, he was inspired by Jean Raspail, the author of The Camp of Saints, a dystopian describing the destruction of civilization in western areas caused by immigration.

Later on, what was originally a written out idea became a theory that fed supremacists what they wanted to hear. To put in short the ideals of supremacists and the replacement theory, Steve King, an American politician and representative from Iowa, once said, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Heavily implying that he believed immigrants were going to replace the population of European decent.

The Great Replacement Theory was not always antisemitic, it was generally just xenophobic meaning being prejudice against all races. Then, unfortunately for the Jewish, supremacists started blaming them for the increase in immigration and blaming them of fear for “white genocide”.

As time moved on, the replacement theory was connected to the rally cry “the 14 words,” and by 2017 “You Will Not Replace Us” became a slogan repeated by supremacists. The theory itself was used by many everyday citizens as an excuse to being antisemitic or just xenophobic. One small idea grew and got passed on by many until, “A racist conspiracy goes mainstream” and with those words Axios, an American news website, described it perfectly.

The Great Replacement Theory fed supremacists what they wanted to hear and gave them a reason to commit unforgivable actions. As claimed at the beginning of the article, many everyday citizens have committed hate crimes in places of worship for many groups of people and ruined what is supposed to be a safe place for them forever.