When liberal darling Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went pseudo-MAGA alleging China or Russia paid protesters seeking a ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza and suggested the FBI investigate them, it was like an episode of The Twilight Zone. It’s a notion that immediately invokes thoughts of racist conspiracy theories often suggesting civil rights advocates were being paid by the US’s perceived enemies, and in many cases, the Jews.

False accusations against entire groups of nonwhite people are deeply embedded in Western white supremacy. For example, former President Donald Trump and his MAGA cronies invoked an antisemitic conspiracy theory when they weaponized this tactic and spread lies claiming George Soros paid Black Lives Matter protesters. It’s a racist idea that dates back more than a century alleging, in part, that Jews were funding protests they considered “anti-American”.

The same idea is once again being used to demonize migrants seeking asylum. The suggestion is that Jews are paying migrants thousands of dollars to cross the border into the US – a conspiracy theory spread among extremists and hate groups such as Active Club. A common theme is their pointing to Asian, African, and Middle Eastern asylum-seekers to try convincing Latinos and the Black community that those migrants are “different”. They do so using broad and prejudiced claims as they try to make the case that they’re a threat to the general public.

@extremearturo

Are they still going to claim the Take Our Border Back clown show isn’t an extremist movement? Because they’re doing a crappy job trying to hide it. #greenscreen #TOBBC #extremism #immigration #migrantcrisis #border #texasbordercrisis #bordercrisis #fyp #foryou #news #eaglepass #texas

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This is what real antisemitism looks like

Whether intentionally or not, Pelosi’s baseless accusations feed far-right narratives, thus, highlighting how being conscious of what we say is arguably more important than ever. US society – white people in particular – continues to fail to take extremism and hate seriously. When Pelosi invoked a trope that was much more common and bipartisan decades ago, she made it feel like false accusations against civil rights activists are becoming normalized again.

Cue the Twilight Zone intro.

Now we find ourselves on more tedious ground than at any time in recent memory. This an issue that, in large part, falls on corporate media buying into and selling extremist propaganda that is being perpetuated by certain so-called “news” outlets and far-right personalities. A simple look at coverage of the “border crisis” and the Oct 7 assault on Israel by Hamas along with continued one-sided and biased coverage of the slaughter in Gaza provides some of the best looks into the colonialist and dehumanizing mindset of Western media toward nonwhite people.

These perspectives help uphold racist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theories previously used by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and adopted by the Nazis in WWII. Both instances claimed there was a plot being perpetrated by Jews to make white people a minority leading to their extinction. Variations of the concept date back to the founders at a time when Italians, French, Spaniards, and more weren’t considered white. The founders feared the Germanization of the colonies would end the existence of the Anglo-Saxons in the New World.

It’s always about race because they make it so

However, the notion of the “Great Replacement” exploded in popularity in 2011 after French author Renaud Camus published his book, “Le Grande Remplacement”. In it, he built on the white supremacist conspiracy theory by using migrants from Africa seeking asylum in Europe as an example of “white extinction”. With Camus’ book garnering attention, neo-Nazis adopted the false idea that a grand effort to eliminate white people from the planet is underway.

False Accusations

Damaging false accusations have always been a part of politics. However, once the libertarian movement launched itself into the political spotlight with the Tea Party during former President Barack Obama’s presidency, things took a turn. Many of the loudest voices in the Tea Party espoused racist anti-Black rhetoric. They brought David Duke-styled racism and extremism back into the mainstream after it was (seemingly) beaten back from the limelight after the Civil Rights Era.

The lines have blurred greatly between civil and political society over the last two decades. With that, so have false accusations. If we don’t believe as someone else we are labeled with an absurd amount of claims by the person holding opposing ideas. From more benign language like “liberal” or “MAGA” to more damning accusations of being a pedophile for simply speaking up for someone else’s right to self-determination – a key tenet of freedom, Western society has seemingly gone batshit crazy.

To add to the infestation of accusatory tones in simple dialogue, we’re now witnessing a broad campaign of falsely accusing others of antisemitism for their humanity. Calling for a ceasefire after tens of thousands have been killed isn’t hateful. But it reminds us of so many being called “terrorists” for opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the bright side, it seems as if more and more people are waking up to this dishonest debate tactic and are no longer fearing it.

Exposing who’s behind the false accusations of antisemitism and the connection to Islamophobia

Despite growing awareness, when someone like Rep. Pelosi employs such falsehoods, it’s worth looking at. Like hate speech and extremism, we can’t deny that false accusations are growing just as fast. More dangerously, even law enforcement has gone overboard in employing the age-old tactic of finding something to charge people with, and knowing cops regularly commit perjury (they call it “testilying”) to ensure convictions, making it all the more detrimental.

Two recent examples come to mind. The cases of the Stop Cop City protesters in Atlanta and the Justice 8 in California and the excessive mafia-style charges for their organizing, advocacy, and activism are harrowing. In many cases, they seemingly committed no crime at all.

We can’t pretend that many false accusations don’t stem from racist tropes. We’ve seen them used against Indigenous people to explain away the genocide committed against them. We’ve seen them used against Black people to justify their enslavement. We’ve seen them used against migrants to justify inhumanity. They’re even used against Latinos and all other people of color to “other” them and uphold white people at the top of the social and economic hierarchy.

And it’s all rather shameful.

@extremearturo

#stitch with @Arturo Dominguez – Journalist Tracking and exposing extremists and hate groups is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. There is no place for hate in civilized society. NONE. #greenscreen #texasborder #endhate #migrantcrisis #bordercrisis #foryou #news #stophate #politics #border

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Exposing ignorance, racism, and bigotry

As someone who has tracked and covered hate groups, extremists, and hate speech for more than 30 years, it isn’t surprising that a society built on white supremacy still does this 60 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed. But we can’t ignore that false accusations take attention off of potentially deadly bigots who seek to harm nonwhite groups and other marginalized communities while also setting back those of us who are trying to tackle the issue.

Defamatory language toward civil and human rights advocates has a history of being used by white power structures as a tool to provide cover for racists and extremists. This is largely where false allegations of anti-white racism and antisemitism come from. Criticizing governments and their policies, whether in the US or abroad, is what a civilized society is supposed to do. Trying to silence those voices gives the oppressors power and only puts more of us in danger.

Elected officials should know better. Including Nancy Pelosi.


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Arturo Dominguez

Arturo is an anti-racist political nerd. He is an upcoming author, journalist, advocate for social justice, and a married father of three. He is a top writer on Medium and a regular contributor to several news media outlets. He writes educational and informative material about systemic racism, white supremacy, and racial injustice.

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