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The Great Replacement conspiracy theory reminds me of religious proselytizing

Why are people never content with believing in imaginary friends [i]themselves[/i], or having light skin and/or vibrant polka traditions [i]themselves[/i]? Why do they feel a sense of [i][b]entitlement[/b][/i] for converting others to their imaginary friend belief, or "preserving" their melanin shade and/or preferred cultural details in others (even among others they will never even meet)?

Honestly, what difference would it actually make to such a person if every light-skinned person started procreating with only a darker-skinned person (and vice versa) tomorrow, and after a few generations all subsequent individuals were, say, Taupe? How does that actually affect anyone with a melanin and/or polka preservation grievance, whether today, or after the melanin/polka shift is already underway? How does that actually cause the sky to fall?
BackyardShaman · 61-69, M
It’s disgusting that we have high ranking politicians that openly support this theory.
Ynotisay · M
Both of those are driven by the same emotion which is fear. And that's nothing but a soft entry point for those who manipulate and take advantage of that fear. The weakest among us now have way too much say in to how our society operates. The internet allows for that.
You're trying to too hard, imo. The problem is not racism, anti-Semitism, or capitalism vs Marxism. Its tribalism and the fact the xenophobia is really easy to exploit politically.
windinhishair · 61-69, M
@MistyCee That is part of it, but about a quarter of all Republicans are racist according to polling data. Racism will always exist, but that's a very high number of Amercians, and yes, they have been exploited by the Republican Party through fear.
@windinhishair I know I'm probably being politically incorrect these days to say racism isn't the primary problem, and it may even be falling into the trap of racist defenders, but I really think that race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc, are basically just easy targets for politicians, as well as profiteers and capitalists (the for profit media, both right and left), looking for power and money.

OP was, I think, making a point about the foolishness or illogical reasoning of those this appeals to, and I get it, but the focus on specifics, i.e., black, white, or taupe individuals, seems to miss the point of the power of the US v them power of this approach.

It really doesn't seem, imo, to matter on what basis you draw the lines of us vs them, as much as the fact that you're doing it.

Fact is, these lines, race, gender, orientation, language, ethnicity, aren't that static, and the minute you start talking just about racism or even sexism, you end up running up against Candace Owens, Clarence Thomas, Phyllis Schlaffley, Milo Yiannipoilis, ,etc, long before you even get to MLK's dreams and the question of whether it's already been achieved or how it should be pursued.

In the real world, race, ethnicity,creed, gender concerns, etc, are political realities, and, I really think, the key to dealing with all of this is the political realities of manipulating voters and viewers.
SolveEtCoagula · 31-35, F
People want control over others.
Because viruses have a drive to spread and infect.

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