Metapedia is a wiki site, established circa 2005-2006, that promotes a Euro-centric point of view, a racist view of politics, culture, and the arts and sciences. Available in English and now in ten additional languages, Metapedia also maintains links to WikiSlavia, in Russian and Siberian. The site labels the Holocaust as "the holohoax" and denigrates both the character and intelligence of black people, Jews and other non-European peoples.
The archives of Metapedia indicate that its history begins on August 9, 2006, with the first talks on the development of the Swedish-language version. This version launched on October 26, 2006 and grew fairly quickly. They then expanded to a Danish version, and then into German and English (May 15, 2007), French (May 29, 2007), Portuguese, and Czech.
On July 27, 2007, Metapedia began linking to Wikislavia, while continuing its own expansion into various other languages of Western and Eastern Europe (Slovak, Spanish, Magyar, Rumanian).
Metapedia sets forth no reliable copyright policy. Editors are allowed to copy and slightly modify material from Wikipedia. Articles edited in this way are then released under the GNU Free Documentation License as is required.
Metapedia does not permit anonymous editing. Anyone wishing to edit Metapedia content must first establish an account. However, anyone may establish an account with no more effort than Wikipedia currently requires. Metapedia states that the use of an "open proxy" is forbidden.
Their mission statement says that they are "pro-European" in character. But the most detailed clues to their agenda come from the content of their articles. A strong bias against anything "non-European" pervades their commentary on virtually every subject that they treat.
"Pro-European" in this context does not mean "anti-American" in the sense that many current European leaders choose to describe themselves and behave. Rather it means in favor of the original races that settled the region. Thus the editors and administrators of Metapedia stand against the interests of any other races, and against movements that, in their view, seek to lay the groundwork for discrimination against themselves.
The English-language version of Metapedia currently has slightly more than 3400 articles. A random sample includes a rather superficial treatment of some subjects, and a more detailed treatment of others, but in some cases with highly dubious historical accuracy.
- Metapedia often protests vigorously against certain modern turns-of-phrase. They assert, for example, that the phrase "Native American" first applied to White Anglo-Saxon Protestants and not to American Indians. While Conservapedia treats the phrase "Native American" as simply a phrase requiring disambiguation, Metapedia treats the phrase and its current usage as an example of deliberate linguistic revisionism. They trace the first usage of the phrase to 1845 and the Native American Party. Oddly enough, their source is not someone who would be sympathetic to their aims at all, but rather an author seeking to encourage her readers to treat all peoples with the respect due fellow human beings.
- Their treatment of world religions is often dangerously superficial. Their article on Judaism is very short. But then they link to a much longer article titled "Jewish ritual murder", which discusses at length the infamous blood libel against the Jews, as if those lurid tales were, or at least might be, actual fact.
- Adolf Hitler is, if anything, a German national hero, according to Metapedia. Another odd fact about Metapedia's article is that they claim that part of it consists of modified text from Wikipedia. A word-for-word comparison suggests that a Metapedia editor or editors might indeed have copied Wikipedia's original article and then modified it to create a text far more sympathetic to Hitler than was the original text.
- As at least one of their detractors (see below) has alleged, Metapedia explicitly denies that the Holocaust ever occurred. They also head their article with this disclaimer:
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- Their article on Conservapedia dismisses this project contemptuously as "just another attempt to suppress the real Biblical (sic) truth about the differences between the races." In this context one should note that their treatment of the Bible is even more superficial than is their treatment of Judaism. Therefore their assertion of "biblical truth" is an assertion without evidence, for which they lay no foundation. In fact, the Bible says that all the races of man descend from Noah through his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The Bible gives absolutely no warrant for ethnic discrimination, and certainly none for discrimination against Jews.
To reply to one criticism that Metapedia makes against Conservapedia: yes, Conservapedia has blocked, and will continue to block, any editor who makes unabashedly racist statements.
Metapedia itself cites at least three items from news organs and blogs, all of which castigate Metapedia as "the encyclopedia for racists, by racists." While many of the criticisms of this article betray a superficial understanding of Metapedia, other statements from these sources have provided valuable leads for the investigation and critical analysis given here.
- Note that Conservapedia forbids linking to hate groups.
- Bruchac, Marge. "Thoughts on Indian Images, Names, and Respect." Free page section, RootsWeb, December, 1999. Accessed September 6, 2008.
- Haines, Lester. "Conservapedia too pinko? Try Metapedia." The Register, July 23, 2007. Accessed September 6, 2008.
- "White Nationalism: Aryan Encyclopedia Takes Off." Intelligence Report, Southern Poverty Law Center, Winter 2007. Accessed September 6, 2008.
- Trottier, Christopher. "Metapedia--the Encyclopedia for Racists, by Racists." Quixoticals, July 24, 2007. Accessed September 6, 2008.