The New Zealand attacker wanted you to think white people face existential decline. They don’t.

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A sign pays tribute to the students killed at the mosque attack at the Deans Ave vigil near the Masjid Al Noor Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 18, 2019. Photo: Peter Adones/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“The Great Replacement” is a racist and misogynistic conspiracy theory that holds that white people face existential decline, even extinction, because of rising immigration in the West and falling birthrates among white women (caused, of course, by feminism).

That’s pretty much the whole argument; as a bit of rhetoric, the theory is about as deep as the one pushed by flat-earthers, though without that group’s scientific rigor. …


Farhad Manjoo

I write about technology for the New York Times.

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