- American Xenophobia is Nothing New Before It's News
Red Squirrel Argument
Is anyone outside the UK familiar with the Red Squirrel Argument used by xenophobes to promote isolationism? In the UK we often hear it from older people as a lesson on conservation and invasive species, but it has since developed into an analogy for people. I'll explain below:
- The Red Squirrel's population declines and loses its habitat to the invasive North American Eastern Grey due to four factors
- The Reds have memory problems and frequently lose track of their food stores; the Greys do not have this problem.
- The Greys can eat more kinds of food so are not under threat when there's shortages.
- The Greys carry a virus that they are immune to but which kills Reds.
- Reds are unable to breed when under continual stress, so the building of main roads has an effect. Greys can better cope.
Despite these four points, xenophobic British groups have an alternative reason for why the Reds are under threat: Greys carry disease and will kill Reds that survive. This inaccurate observation (that they're racial enemies) is then used in regards to human beings to argue that multiculturalism/immigration will lead to a very specific white extinction scenario. --Forerunner (talk) 17:31, 17 September 2016 (UTC)