White Nationalism Is a Defense for BuzzFeed's Shaming of White People, Says Tucker Carlson
"How much of that are you going to take before you explode at the unfairness of it all? And at that point, why wouldn't you embrace a racial identity?"
New year, same Tucker Carlson.
The Fox News host kicked off 2018 by asking the tough questions: with websites like BuzzFeed and The Root constantly attacking white people, shouldn't we expect a rise in white nationalism?
"Well, there's a basic moral principle that was, for a long time, conventional wisdom in this country," Carlson said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "You probably grew up with it. It was this: people deserve to be treated as individuals, judged by their own efforts and their abilities on the things they can control. Attacking people on the basis of their race is wrong. That was the standard and, for a long time, almost everybody in America believed it or claimed to believe it. Not anymore.
"On the left it is now acceptable, even encouraged, to attack and discriminate against people solely on the basis of their skin color. Now, you're not supposed to say anything about it but suddenly, it's everywhere."
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Carlson cited a BuzzFeed article titled "37 Things White People need to Stop Ruining in 2018." In his tirade, perhaps he missed some on Fox's own site, including a cleverly titled 2011 article, "Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs."
In any case, Carlson continued:
"Now, liberals say they abhor white nationalism, and they should, but at the same time they are promoting it with crap like this. When rich liberals pull up BuzzFeed for the latest listicle of why white people are wrecking America, or whatever, they are happy to laugh along, because they are safe in the knowledge it doesn't actually threaten them,"
"You are worried, and you should be, and now some smug private school kid from Brooklyn is lecturing you about how you are the problem, because the color of your skin, and the privilege it conveys. How much of that are you going to take before you explode at the unfairness of it all? And at that point, why wouldn't you embrace a racial identity?
"Everybody else seems to be doing it. That's a disaster, and it's not theoretical, by the way. That's what's going to happen in this country, unless people start deciding they're going to treat one another as individuals, rather than as members of groups."
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Carlson's assertion that racism is a new concept crafted by liberals to shame white people into apologizing for their race seems to ignore comments he himself has made.
Just last month Carlson mocked an effort in California to remove large trees between a golf course and a neighborhood. The trees were initially built as a way to segregate Black and white neighborhoods. Today, they block residents' views of the golf course, decreasing value of the properties. But Carlson made a joke of the entire issue, saying the people behind the efforts are punishing "racist trees."
He reiterated his claim in a segment several days later: "The specter of racist trees now haunts America like a demon."
Last March Carlson defended U.S. Congressman Steve King of Iowa, who took to Twitter to promote the white nationalist position on immigrants, saying, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." Carlson called King's comments "defensible and probably right."
And at Carlson's own network, more than a dozen current and former employees of color sued Fox and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, for racial discrimination.
Last night's segment comes as no surprise, though, as Carlson has echoed similar sentiments previously.
In 2016 Carlson said that anyone who acknowledges that white privilege exists is "by definition, a racist."
"Anyone who alleges the white privilege is, by definition, a racist," he said. "I think we can say that and we should say that. That's not a legitimate form of conversation. That's tarring an entire group based on the way they look. That's the definition of racism and I think people should stand up and say that because it's true."
Thousands protested for the 11 lives lost, the two victims in Louisville, and the many more stifled by President Trump's racism and bigotry.
Trump visited the synagogue on Tuesday and left.
On Wednesday he tweeted, "The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day. Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away. The Fake News stories were just the opposite-Disgraceful!"
Nearly 70,000 people as of Tuesday signed the petition from the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc to demand Trump stay away from Pittsburgh.
Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, had asked Trump to reschedule his visit to respect the grieving families and funerals.
Steven Halle, a nephew of one of the victims, Daniel Stein, rejected a meeting with Trump because of his comments blaming the synagogue for not having an armed guard to stop the gunman "immediately."
"Everybody feels that they were inappropriate," Halle said of Trump's comments. "A church, a synagogue, should not be a fortress. It should be an open, welcoming place to feel safe," he continued.
But Trump didn't care and came for his photo ops, and to promote Republican candidate Keith Rothfus via Twitter:
Yesterday in Pittsburgh I was really impressed with Congressman Keith Rothfus (far more so than any other local political figure). His sincere level of compassion, grief and sorrow for the events that took place was, in its own way, very inspiring. Vote for Keith!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
Trump told Fox News on Monday night:
"I'm also going to the hospital to see the officers and some of the people that were so badly hurt," Trump said. "I really look forward to going. I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt any more than they already had disruption."
But his visit was drowned out by thousands who took to the streets of the city to protest, marching toward the synagogue, singing songs, and holding signs that said, ""Refugees Are Not Invaders," "Pittsburgh Builds Bridges Not Walls" and "Pittsburgh Welcomes All Who Don't Hate."
"It's an unbelievable image that we're looking at. These are peaceful protesters, walking along, grieving about the tragic death of 11 of their neighbors in a synagogue on Saturday, and protesting the presence of Donald Trump, the president, in their community today." pic.twitter.com/AuZbQxIq0o
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 30, 2018
Tuesday evening, Tracy Baton, director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Women's March on Washington, stood on the steps of the Sixth Presbyterian Church and spoke to thousands:
Those who "would insert themselves on a national stage, into a city in mourning, before the dead are buried, is unacceptable," she said. "Those that would limit our neighbors' vote, that would foment hate against the Jewish community, Muslim community, people of color, LGBTQ people, as well as wage a war on women's bodies, are not welcome here!"
Jewish group IfNotNow organized a protest and sat shiva. Organizer and Pittsburgh resident Diana Clarke told the crowd, "We are here to mourn the 11 Jewish people who were killed on Saturday. We are here to mourn the two black people who were
shot by a white nationalist in Louisville, Kentucky, last week."
"I think that Donald Trump represents white nationalism and white supremacy, and that has no place in the mourning lives lost to exactly those systems that his administration upholds," Clarke told HuffPost.
"We have people who can't sit shiva because you're blocking our streets!" the Rev. Susan Rothenberg, a Presbyterian minister screamed at Trump when he arrived. "These people can't grieve! You're causing them pain!"
She continued, "You only care about you! You are not welcome on my street! These are my neighbors that were killed! You are not welcome in Squirrel Hill! Do you understand that?"
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"#ChristineBlaseyFord academic problems came from her PROMISCUITY!" he wrote on Twitter during the Senate appearance. "Dang girl stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!"
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The Fox News pundit gets splashed with water at brunch and Trump comes to her defense.
A video of the polarizing Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren being splashed with water by another patron and heckled at a Minneapolis restaurant last weekend for her racist on-air commentary has gone viral. President Donald Trump was quick to respond.
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