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Climate Change: Why Fears of White Extinction To Grow?



Because Climate change is killing off some albinoid populations in the animal world, some humans think it will also increase immigration and decimate populations without brown and black pigment and they are afraid. So afraid some are even suggesting blocking out the planets sunlight!


Survival for any length of time in the predatory world of wildlife is difficult enough under normal conditions, but it is almost impossible for the albino (al-BY-noh) animal. An albino is born without the ability to produce color pigment in its skin, hair, feathers, scales, or eyes. The 85 per cent of people with albinism living in rural areas of south-east Africa are even more at risk of developing skin cancer due to their exposure to extreme heat and direct sun resulting from massive deforestation for cultivation and other human activities than any European. This fear of extinction is irrational at best. According to the national registry of Medicine the fear that In time, whites will simply disappear because of the Racial demographic shift undermines privileged group members’(White, Asian, etc.) support for marginalized (Melanated) social groups via collective angst.


The racial demographic shift occurring in many Western countries provides a unique context to study the reactions of a high-power group (White people) to the potential loss of their privileged position in society. Three experiments (N = 77, N = 302, N = 555) conducted in Canada, the US, and the UK showed that White people who are reminded about the ongoing demographic changes and who see race relations as a zero-sum game whereby any gains by minorities must come at the expense of the majority, experience stronger collective angst and, to a lesser extent, fear (but not anger). In turn, collective angst, but not the other negative group-based emotions, fuels their motivation to protect the existing intergroup hierarchy by withdrawing support for progressive social movements and increases anti-immigration sentiments. Downregulating the existential threat experienced by White majorities in the face of a racial demographic shift may be one way to reduce acrimonious behavioral intentions aimed at preserving their place in the social hierarchy.


In short they believe if Black and Brown people become successful they will become less successful!

They found this belief in centuries of reinforced insecurity due to a history of oppression and a fear those they historically oppressed will harbor grievances and seek revenge. On August 3, 2019, a White gunman shot and killed 23 people and injured 23 others in El Paso, Texas. In the attacker’s alleged manifesto, he cited protecting White people (the current dominant social group in most Western countries) from “the great replacement” (i.e., the belief that the White race is being replaced by people of color) as his primary motivation.


In the extreme, the “great replacement” (i.e., a belief that non-White people will displace White people 1 ) stems from a perceived existential threat (Alba, 2020; Bromley, 2018, 2019) and thus should elicit collective angst (i.e., a group-based emotion that reflects concern for the ingroup’s future vitality; Wohl et al., 2010).In older people the threat is identified as immigrants among younger it is climate and global warming!


According to the New York Times “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. White people are not going extinct. As a group, they are only maybe, possibly, becoming a smaller share of the population in the United States and Europe — but how much smaller is a wide-open question among demographers, because the future is unknowable and demography is an imprecise science.


Demography is not destiny, either. Even if, several decades from now, whites do become a racial minority, they will not automatically lose much of their vast economic and political power, because this is America, where inequality is tolerated and an aggrieved and wealthy political minority can hold sway indefinitely, thanks to the Senate and the Electoral College." On the other end of the question of extinction 1 in 5 millennials thinks climate change will cause the extinction of ALL humanity — During their lifetime!


Younger Americans – Millennials and adults in Generation Z – stand out in a new Pew Research Center survey particularly for their high levels of engagement with the issue of climate change. Compared with older adults, Gen Zers and Millennials are talking more about the need for action on climate change; among social media users, they are seeing more climate change content online; and they are doing more to get involved with the issue through activities such as volunteering and attending rallies and protests. Gen Zers don't have the time for the racism of their forefathers they find it stupid and a waste of precious time.


While many forms of political engagement – such as voting – tend to be higher among older adults, 32% of Gen Zers and 28% of Millennials have taken at least one of four actions (donating money, contacting an elected official, volunteering or attending a rally) to help address climate change in the last year, compared with smaller shares of Gen X (23%) and Baby Boomer and older adults (21%).


The survey finds that, when asked about engaging with climate change content online, those in Gen Z are particularly likely to express anxiety about the future. Among social media users, nearly seven-in-ten Gen Zers (69%) say they felt anxious about the future the most recent time they saw content about addressing climate change. A smaller majority (59%) of Millennial social media users report feeling this way the last time they saw climate change content; fewer than half of Gen X (46%) and Baby Boomer and older (41%) social media users say the same.


Anxiety about the future also is a predominant emotional reaction to climate change content among those who are most engaged with the issue on social platforms (those who follow a climate-focused account, interact with, post or share climate content themselves). Majorities of these climate-engaged social media users report feeling angry that not enough is being done when encountering climate change content online; but large shares also say they feel motivated to learn more and confident in the ability to reduce the effects of climate change.

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