The myth that there is a conspiracy to commit genocide against people of European ethnicity is not only dangerous but deadly. It has now claimed the lives of 50 Muslims in New Zealand.
The myth is known by various names: White Genocide, White Replacement, Ethnic Genocide, Ethnic Replacement and Demographic Replacement. But they all refers to the same thing ― the paranoid fantasy that European peoples in Europe, North America and Australasia are deliberately being “replaced” through the “importation” especially of Africans, Asians and Arabs into European ethnic majority countries, for the express purpose of destroying European culture, and subjugating and decimating those of European ethnicity.
While there was a wave of immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into Western countries in the wake of the carnage in Syria, there has been no conspiracy or plot of any kind to replace or annihilate indigenous Europeans or ethnic Europeans elsewhere.
I’ve been raising the dangers of this myth persistently for almost eight months, first in August last year and then again in October after the murderous rampage in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Last month, I issued another warning. Has it had to take the murder of fifty more innocent people, this time Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, for “White Genocide” finally to be recognised as an ideology that leads to murder and terrorism?
Those who subscribe to the “White Genocide” myth often see the solution in terms of what they term “White Revolution” and “Race War.” They advocate instigating violence and a civil war between the majority ethnic Europeans and the various minorities of non-European ethnicity. The term “Race War” is often used in the acronym GTKRWN (“Gas The Kikes, Race War Now”), as a signal and code that “the Jews” (derogatively referred to as “kikes”) are the prime enemy, and hence are the ones to be targeted and annihilated in order to win the “Race War.”
Why the Jews? Because many on the far-right not only imagine a conspiracy to replace ethnic Europeans with Muslims and non-Europeans, but also imagine that “the Jews are behind it.” This has already led to the murder of many Jews, most notoriously in a Pittsburgh synagogue, as well as to calls for the annihilation of all Jews as the only means to save “the European race” in some kind of existential war.
Many racist mass murderers who have engaged in what is referred to as “leaderless resistance” (which is code for acts of terrorism) have hoped that their acts would spark this “Race War” ― these include Dylann Roof, Robert Bowers, James Jackson and now Brenton Tarrant, to name just some. Thus far, despite the propaganda and terrorism, fortunately no such war has come to pass.
The idea that one act of mass murder ― of African-Americans, Jews, Muslims or others ― would spark a “Race War” relies on other people with a similar or the same ideology and belief in a “Race War” to follow suit and commit acts of violence or murder. If this occurs and there is an ineffective response by law enforcement agencies, it is not inconceivable that there could be retaliation by other fanatics supposedly acting in defence of targeted minorities. The situation could then snow-ball and escalate into chronic civil strife.
Already, since Tarrant’s terrorist act, Australia has seen some ramping up of rhetoric, threats and violence. Even though Tarrant executed his attack in New Zealand, he is an Australian, born and raised. A man in Adelaide who voiced support for the massacre by Tarrant, and who possessed weapons, has since been arrested. Another man drove his car into the gates of a mosque in Brisbane and yelled anti-Muslim abuse at the people there. A call by some Muslims in Australia for retaliatory attacks does not bode well either.
The concern, and crucial problem, is the increasing sense of desperation among those who subscribe to the “White Genocide” myth. In their fevered imaginations many of them feel that their backs are against the wall and that, with no way out, they have no alternative but to fight. When enough of them feel that way, there will be violence, murder and mayhem in our streets. Cities once relatively free of civil strife could end up looking like cities damaged by urban warfare and terrorism.
Brenton Tarrant, in his 2019 manifesto ― titled “The Great Replacement” ― on page 50, demands: “The invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed … How they are removed is irrelevant, peacefully, forcefully, happily, violently or diplomatically. They must be removed.” Throughout the manifesto, Tarrant consistently calls for violence and killing, including the murder of children, until the European “ethno-nationalists” have won the “Race War.”
This is not just a Muslim problem, nor a Jewish problem, nor an African or Indian problem. It is a problem for all people within societies where intolerance of the other and racism and bigotry take hold. It becomes a problem when it is not recognised or acknowledged, and where it is allowed to fester and spread without it being addressed and countered. It is a problem we need to face together, as one people, as fellow-citizens and fellow human beings. The alternative ― of being caught up in a bloody and deadly “Race War” ― is unthinkable.