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The Implications of the Great Replacement Theory
Our nation has a complex and at times reprehensible history with its treatment of immigrants, many of whom come voluntarily in search of economic mobility and a voice in our democracy.

This is in sharp contrast to the forefathers of much of the Black community, who were violently brought as slaves for one specific purpose– the exploitative use of their free labor.

Even after the abolition of slavery, the Separate but Equal Doctrine ensured a complete lack of dignity, and limited the ability to change the status quo because of codified preventive measures to impede their ability to vote.

During Black History Month, we all must look at the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts, which culminated in the passage of the Civil Rights Act. To ensure his legacy endures, we must apply principles he stood for and evaluate our democracy accordingly.

Disruptive and discriminatory policies designed to limit access to voting, which have an outsized impact on people of color, are still being proposed and signed into law around the country. One of the most significant drivers of this is The Great Replacement Theory, which is based on the premise that there is an increasing trend of Europeans or ‘natives’ being replaced by minority communities. To counter that, the theory espouses, in part, disrupting the voting process to lessen the impact of people of color.

This especially hits home for the 3.5 million American Muslims, and even more so for the Black community which accounts for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims.

We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and do nothing while there are concerted efforts to limit our voice. To counter that, MPAC published a report debunking the logic behind the hateful Theory which includes policy recommendations to lawmakers. As a follow up to that, we are hosting a discussion featuring experts and elected officials on ways to proactively create legislation to reverse this trend.

Feb 22, 2023 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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