The Mainstreaming of Hate with ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt
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The Mainstreaming of Hate with ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt

The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire on a Buffalo grocery store over the weekend, killing 10 mostly Black victims, cited the ”Great Replacement Theory” in his manifesto. So what is that, exactly? And how does it find its way into mainstream culture?

This conversation with the Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt was taped just days before that shooting. Here Greenblatt explains the origins of the troubling conspiracy theory that motivated the shooter. We discuss Tucker Carlson, extremist politicians, and the role of tech giants and media in disseminating white nationalist ideas. In Greenblatt’s view, all this drives a rise in anti-semitism, racism and threats of real world violence. Greenblatt explains the work the ADL is doing now – and has done over the last 100 years – to combat anti-semitism and hate.

Greenblatt is the CEO of the ADL. He previously served as the Special Assistant to President Obama at the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. He co-founded Ethos Water in 2002, which was acquired by Starbucks. Greenblatt is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, and he and his wife, an Iranian Jewish refugee, are parents to three children.

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In this conversation I reference materials provided by META in response to some of the claims made in the interview. You can find links here:

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Civil Rights audit and progress update:


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