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White Americans must speak out against white supremacy

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The so-called great replacement theory that helped motivate the 18-year-old alleged gunman in his reign of terror at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday is often presented as a fringe ideology. But understand this: Large numbers of people have embraced the core fears at the heart of GRT as an organizing truth in their politics, their lives and their expectations to explain a future that feels out of their control.

That won’t likely change unless some White people work overtime to counterprogram the replacement narrative. This is the necessary work of White Americans because minorities cannot alone dismantle an exploitive brand of fearmongering that is built around their very existence.

A poll released just last week found that GRT has gone mainstream, with one-third of American adults saying they think there is a deliberate effort to replace native-born U.S. citizens with a wave of immigrants for political gain. That same poll found that nearly half of Republicans agree to some extent that there’s a deliberate intent to increase the numbers of immigrant voters to minimize the cultural and political influence of Whites.

Those numbers should not be all that surprising. If you have spent any time examining how minorities in this country have been treated, you might reasonably........

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