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Old 10-11-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: SELA
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In my thread regarding immigration and ethnic conspiracy theories, there was no refutation of the central claim that I made, but there was questioning as to what exactly constituted an immigration-related ethnic conspiracy theory.

The main ethnic conspiracy theory is the depiction of immigration patterns as an "invasion" deliberately intended to alter the demographic makeup of the United States or a region of the U.S by first physically invading, and then "outbreeding" Anglos in the U.S.

The term "anchor baby" is used to claim that unwelcome intruders have moored at a port that is hostile to their presence (the U.S.), and the "anchor" can be unhooked; hence, the legislative attempts to end automatic birthright citizenship.

The term "invasion" implies deliberate malicious planning, and the claims made by proponents of this ethnic conspiracy theory that the border should be militarized, anti-personnel land mines deployed, etc., is usually a facet of that ethnic conspiracy theory.

I made a comparison between the ethnic conspiracy theories advocated by open white supremacists and non-supremacist opponents of greater immigration, respectively. However, they are distinct in that the white supremacist finds the "racial" lineage (predominantly Amerindian) of the most populous group of immigrants objectionable. The non-supremacist finds the non-racial "ethnic" background ("Latino"), objectionable, and generally does not adhere to any kind of genetic determinism.

They are similar in that race and ethnicity are conflated and used as proxies for each other, i.e. non-supremacists will identify "Latinos" by Indian physical appearance (medium to dark brown skin, black hair, dark eyes), while white supremacists will express their derision for "mestizos" with mock Spanish and other anti-Hispanic expressions, despite the fact that some whites (i.e. European Castilians/Spaniards), are also Hispanics.

This is why I claimed that these were interrelated ethnic conspiracy theories, since they also have a common terminology of referring to immigrants' desire for "reconquista," "Aztlan," etc., but were also distinct.
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