Rising Cost of Living is Shrinking White Population, Not ‘White Genocide’

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Unite the Right Rally ( Anthony Crider)

you study white nationalist groups long enough you’ll find the phrase white genocide often pops up. This is the belief the white population is shrinking to alarming numbers. There is some proof about these numbers, birth rates in the Western world are falling. But this descends into conspiracy theory territory when paranoid white nationalists start complaining that Jews are deliberately importing non-whites to eliminate them. This explains why some Republicans have accused billionaire philanthropist George Soros of funding Central American refugees. An even more laughable claim is Jews are popularizing interracial sex to dilute white people’s numbers!

But unfortunately, in today’s world, you don’t need facts to get people to believe something. There is a smorgasbord of conspiracy videos on YouTube that can convince people to believe everything from the world is flat to the Illuminati. So finding information to back up the ridiculous white genocide myth is pretty easy.

The myth is widely believed in white nationalist circles and it’s so potent that President Donald Trump bought into when he circulated a fake news story about white South African farmers being killed by black gangs. He even directed the State Department to look into the matter. (This myth was debunked by Africa Check, which studied South African court figures and revealed that blacks made up the majority of murders (86 percent.) White murders made up 1.8 percent of the number, even though they consist of 8.85 percent of the population.)

Also, South Africa already has a high crime rate. And South African farmers were not being targeted because of their race. They were victims of crime because they lived in remote areas.

White nationalists like to rile up their followers with stories of unwashed hordes invading their borders and outbreeding them, but they’ve actually brought “white genocide” on themselves. The white population’s numbers are falling because of social and economic factors.

One of the main factors is because of the cost of raising children. When you factor in the cost of feeding, clothing, providing healthcare and education, raising a child from birth to their early 20s, is going to set you back about $230,000, according to figures from the Department of Agriculture. And in America, the cost of living has been steadily rising, but wages have remained flat since the 1970s, so this makes life difficult for parents.

As Young Turks host Ana Kasparian pointed out in a succinct article, many people are choosing not to have children because they simply can’t afford it.

The other factor that’s causing white people’s numbers to drop is more cultural. America prides itself on being an individualistic country where personal freedom is valued. However, creating a family and having children tends to put a crimp in that kind of individualistic lifestyle. Many people have decided they would rather have personal freedom than a family.

But in other parts of the world, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, the culture is more family-oriented, hence they tend to have larger families.

In Nigeria, where they don’t have a social security system, having children is seen as a sign of wealth, because children are expected to provide for their parents when they’re old. But family sizes are also shrinking in Nigeria among the middle-class who are realizing the cost of educating children. Both of my parents came from large families, but they had three children (a rarity in the ‘70s.) One of their children had three kids, one had one child and the other (me) is childless.

However, the low birthrate problem has created a dilemma, which is more prevalent in Europe than in America. Europe has an aging population and they’re not creating enough children to help sustain their population. If you don’t have young people working, you face a problem paying for your social security system. It got so bad that a Scandinavian country created an ad campaign urging young people to have sex and create more babies. The tagline was, “Do it for grandma.”

Japan has a particularly acute problem with its low birth rate, which has already created a society with a large, aging population and not enough young people to pay for their care. Again, this is caused by economic and cultural factors, but the problem is so bad that about 40 percent of Japanese millennials are virgins!

But while European fascists rail against immigrants changing their culture (a line Trump repeated,) they’re going to need them eventually. What’s largely saving the United States from the same fate is immigration, both legal and illegal. A country needs a birth rate of about 2.0 to sustain itself, and it’s the Latino birth rate that is keeping American numbers up. Former FOX News commentator John Gibson recognized this when he literally urged white people to go out and have more babies.

But while European fascists rail against immigrants changing their culture (a line Trump repeated,) they’re going to need them eventually. What’s largely saving the United States from the same fate is immigration, both legal and illegal. A country needs a birth rate of about 2.0 to sustain itself, and it’s the Latino birth rate that is keeping American numbers up. Former FOX News commentator John Gibson recognized this when he literally urged white people to go out and have more babies.

Also, a large number of illegal immigrants are working under other people’s social security numbers and paying into the system, even if they will never see the benefits.

So while white nationalists might scream about white genocide, they need non-white workers and their higher birth rates to sustain their countries. The alternative is persuading white women to start popping out five kids a piece, which I don’t see happening. However, that’s what members of the alt-right would like. Heather Heyer, the counter protestor who killed during the Unite the Right march, was berated for being a single, white woman who was not producing children!

The real anger behind the white genocide myth is the fear of white people being a minority. Pat Buchanan has been writing about this for decades. In a recent blog he said, “The existential question, however, thus remains: How does the West, America included, stop the flood tide of migrants before it alters forever the political and demographic character of our nations and our civilization?”

Trump built a presidential campaign around this concept and he’s still pandering to the fears of old, white people.

I guess they’re scared of what could happen when they don’t have numerical superiority. They’ll have to let non-whites sit at the table and give them a fair piece of the pie. What a horrible thought.

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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