"Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white" is a frequently copy-pasted phrase used by white nationalists, white separatists, white supremacists and their ilk. Individuals who make this claim allege that the real bigots are actually the people who claim to be anti-racists, as they have a secret anti-white agenda.
People that make this argument often cite anti-white comments made by certain alleged anti-racists; amongst their favourite targets (in an example of nutpicking) are the former Harvard professor Noel Ignatiev and his colleagues at Race Traitor. This obscure journal (whose correspondents denied the existence of white anti-racists, a denial with which the white anti-racist Ignatiev fully agreed) called for the concept of a white race to be abolished and printed statements which, when taken out of context, appear to be calling for the literal extermination of white people ("The key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race"). As an aside, it is worth noting that this point of view is not confined to the left: John Lovejoy, an ethnic nationalist from England, objects strongly to being called "white" and argues that there are "a good many objective reasons why the White terminology must not be allowed".
The argument that anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white falls to pieces when one considers the existence of individuals and groups who identify themselves as anti-racist and yet do, unlike cranks such as Ignatiev, oppose anti-white racism. The Southern Poverty Law Center, for example, has a whole section on its site dedicated to documenting black racists. If it is true that "anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white," then the SPLC must not be an anti-racist organisation.
The argument can be seen as an example of psychological projection. A person who sees the world entirely in terms of ethnic conflict may have trouble understanding that there are people who genuinely have a different worldview. As a result, they assume that anyone who claims to disagree with their views actually shares them, just in inverted form.
 "The mantra"
A specific form of this argument, dubbed "the mantra," was written by Bob Whitaker (who believes that all Jews hope to eliminate white gentiles, just so you know) and subsequently copy-pasted on various forums, blogs and comments boxes across the Internet, even when race is completely irrelevant to the subject. It runs as follows:
|ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!
Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.
The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.
What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
Later versions of the mantra have subtle changes; most notably, the two uses of "everybody says" in the second line are replaced with "they say." This sums up the straw man at the heart of the argument: exactly who is saying this? If the people being described have political power, then what body do they belong to - one which has control over the immigration policies of both the Netherlands and Japan?
Beyond this, the mantra is a poorly written Gish Gallop which makes a number of flawed points along its way. It begins by claiming "Asia for the Asians, Africa for the Africans, White countries for everybody!", creating a false equivalence between ethnic origins (Asia, Africa) and race ("white"). Apparently those who use the mantra are aware that a logically consistent argument claiming "Asia for the Asians, Africa for the Africans, Europe for everybody!" wouldn't work out so well for white nationalists in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States.
As a result, it seems to class the United States as a white country, even though the country only has a white majority due to historical colonialism. It portrays Africa as having an all-black population; even if we leave aside the primarily Arab countries in the north of the continent this characterization ignores the fact that South Africa, which is 79% black, has a larger number of ethnic minority people than Australia (92% white) and the United Kingdom (87% white). Another argument is that the total percentage of white population has been decreasing since the 1900s; this overlooks the distinction between percentage and population number. Whites made up 75.1% of the total US population in 2000, and 72.4% in 2010; this is not a decrease in population, however, as the overall number of whites actually rose from 211,460,626 to 223,553,265. Also, it is simply untrue that "nobody" complains about immigration to Asian countries. Asian countries do, in fact, have far-right idiots paranoid about being overrun by immigrants (just like "white countries"!), such as Japan's uyoku dantai[wp].
One more gap in the mantra is the question of exactly why this alleged genocide is being carried out. Most conspiracy theories have a motive of some kind for the conspiracy to be orchestrated; this one, however, does not. (When asked, proponents' reasons tend to boil down to some variant of "because Jews.")
 Other rebuttals to mantra
The YouTube user Joniversity has also made a lengthy take-down of this mantra. Another notable response is by user TheTruePooka who has also given very concise and humorous rebuttals to the mantra's many fallacies and deceptions. YouTuber Coughlan000 has a commentary against this statement, and Coughlan considers this motto "The Moron Manifesto".. Even RevLeft has managed a comprehensive, piece-by-piece debunking of the mantra.
 See also
- Fatwa envy
- Genocide conspiracy and White extinction scenario
- Reverse racism
- Argumentum ad nauseam
- Persecution complex
- ↑ http://racetraitor.org/nopper.html
- ↑ "Subsequent to my arrival in England in 1984 I was dismayed, and indeed horrified, to discover that in the newspapers and on the television there had grown up in my absence a widespread practice of referring to my fellow countrymen - if they were not obviously of one of the darker-complexioned minority ethnic groups - as 'whites'... The use of the term White encourages the fracture of society along the lines of incidental racial characteristics, instead of allowing people to be grouped together according to their cultural integrity and affiliation." See Lovejoy, John (2000). The Deculturalisation of the English People, pp 48-9.
- ↑ http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/black-separatist
- ↑ http://www.adl.org/main_Arab_World/default.htm
- ↑ http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/hate-groups/am/
- ↑ http://www.genocidewatch.org/images/SAfrica2002Over1000BoerFarmersInSouthAfricaHaveBeenMurderedSince1991.pdf
- ↑ Which sounds just a tiny bit like the chorus to Robert Knight's Everlasting Love, with maybe a bit of Daniel Powter's Bad Day on the side.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/johnnywhiter/status/246716621744381953
- ↑ http://anti-racistcanada.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/boneheads-are-so-cute-when-they-think.html
- ↑ http://fstdt.net/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=93107
- ↑ http://www.whitakeronline.org/blog/the-white-mantra/
- ↑ http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf
- ↑ http://youtu.be/XNA3YMmC9zM?t=1m30s
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_471992&feature=iv&src_vid=FG6VMfrf16I&v=HCPg1KYkOOQ
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJqvilFfOCo
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG6VMfrf16I
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dOfx6_1KFo
- ↑ http://www.revleft.com/vb/anti-racism-codeword-t183621/index.html?t=183621