Those Who Push Replacement Theory Are to Blame for Racist Terrorism

Looking at you, Tucker Carlson. Violence is the inevitable result of such thinking and its mouthpieces should be held accountable

Tim Wise


Tucker Carlson, Image: DonkeyHotey, Flickr, Creative Commons, ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Approximately 400 times.

That’s how often FOX host Tucker Carlson has promoted the so-called “Great Replacement” theory or some critical portion of it.

It’s the theory that says political elites are deliberately flooding the borders of white countries — in this case, the United States — with non-white immigrants to displace the native-born with foreigners and fundamentally alter the cultural and demographic makeup of the nation.

It’s the theory that says these shadowy figures do this to maintain their power by obtaining cheap labor that will do their bidding or pliant voters who will reward them for helping the newcomers gain entry.

It’s also the theory — it, or some similar thinking about native “stock” being replaced by that of the dreaded “other” — which has animated several of the most horrific terrorist attacks of recent years.

  • Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 69 people in Norway in 2011, as a statement against growing multiculturalism there.
  • Dylann Roof, who murdered 9 Black congregants at a church in Charleston in 2015.
  • Robert Bowers, who killed 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.
  • Brenton Tarrant, who annihilated 51 Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.
  • Patrick Crusius, who did the same to 23 at an El Paso Walmart that same year — most, if not all, Latino.

And now, Payton Gendron, who methodically planned and then executed his attack on Black shoppers in a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10.

Most were radicalized online — often admitting as much — and in seemingly every case, inspired by the actions of the others.

Several posted detailed “manifestos” explaining their actions.

Tarrant and Gendron live-streamed their attacks — allowing viewers to observe their sickening terrorist depravity in real-time.



Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)