Tucker Carlson is an Enemy of the People

Matt Sedillo


Tucker Carlson is an enemy of the people.

On June 6th 2020 Tucker Carlson added to his long list of infamously racist attacks this time targeting the Black community by saying “This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about Black lives. Remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will.” The blatant racism of Tucker Carlson gives way to a central lie told about U$ history and society. That lie is that the U$ is constantly moving forward and progressing towards some grand justice, that things were worse in the past and that we are moving towards some shining new future. What Tucker Carlson says here that Black people are going to “come for you” harkens back to rhetoric used during the fight to end segregation in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s as well as the rhetoric of the so called Redeemers who fought against the reforms being achieved following The Civil War in the late 1800’s. The first major motion picture made in the U$, Birth of A Nation made in 1915 central theme was that Black people are going to attack white people given half the chance. Woodrow Wilson called it “history as written by lightning.” This is a central theme of U$ history and society.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan delivered a speech on “state’s rights” in Philadelphia Mississippi only a few miles where three Freedom Riders had been killed in 1964. In 2020 the President of the U$ said in response to Black led rebellion “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” as well as planning a rally in Tulsa site of a massacre of Black people on Juneteeth no less, a day recognizing not the end of slavery but the trickery of slaveholding whites who did not follow the laws of emancipation. The criminalization of Black people animated lynch law as well our prison industrial complex today. Tucker Carlson’s latest racist attack on Black people would find a a home in the 1800’s in 1915, the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, the 1960s in the 1980’s or today. These attacks are constant and core to the U$ experience.

Tucker Carlson is an enemy of the people. His attacks on our community have also been horrific.

On January 2018 he invited professional white supremacist Mark Steyn who said this, “The white supremacists are American citizens. The illegal immigrants are people who shouldn’t be here.” 

After Steyn rambled a bit more about the betrayal of “real Americans” over “these DACA people”, Tucker Carlson sprung to the defense “real American White supremacists”, asking how could politicians could possibly “lead a country whose population you despise?”

Continental white supremacist Mark Steyn, a Canadian, continued , “In Arizona the majority of grade school children are Hispanic. That means Arizona’s future is as a Hispanic society. That means the border has in effect moved North. And the cultural transformation outweighs any economic benefits.” 

Tucker Carlson’s responded, “It’s at the very least bewildering for the people who grew up here. And that’s real. I don’t think you have to be animated by hate or anything to say maybe I should have some say in how my country evolves.”   

On March 27th 2018, Tucker Carlson opens a segment entitled, “Hazelton Transformed”  by stating, “Recently on this program we told you about the wave of demographic change that has transformed the town of Hazelton Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, Hazelton was less than 2% Hispanic. Today thanks to mass immigration Hazelton is majority Hispanic.” Carlson further sounded the alarm decrying,  “More than half of the residents there speak a language other than English at home.” Tucker Carlson then continued, ” We got those numbers from a recent piece in National Geographic that quoted lifelong Hazelton residents saying they no longer recognized their own hometown. They didn’t hate immigrants, most Americans like immigrants. But this was too much change. In fewer than 20 years the culture their parents and grandparents built evaporated. They never asked for that. They were bewildered, understandably.” 

Tucker Carlson, constantly bewildered enemy of the people continued, 

“What happened in Hazelton is happening around the country and the neighborhood changed forever with no public debate.” Carlson also issued the stark warning that “Los Angeles County is overwhelmingly Hispanic.” The segment concluded with Carlson speaking with guest Lou Barletta, the former mayor of Hazelton. As Barletta spoke a byline ran across the screen posing the question,

“Are Immigrants Replacing American Culture?” 

In 2006 as Mayor of Hazelton, Barletta passed the Illegal Immigration Relief as well as an Official English Ordinance. Barletta at the time was working under the tutelage of Kris Kobach, the longtime secretary of state from Kansas. Kobach, who led Trump’s transition team in the selection of a cabinet, was also instrumental in Arizona law SB1070.

In December of 2018 Carlson decried immigration policies that left the country “poorer dirtier and more divided.”

In 2019 in response to the massacre in El Paso, Tucker Carlson referred to white supremacy as “a hoax.”

The idea that Mexicans are going to make or are making the country “poorer and dirtier” and therefore should somehow be managed in one way or another could find a home in arguments for and against the Mexican American War, such as Emerson’s infamous quote “Mexico will poison us” or Whitman’s “What has Mexico… to do with peopling the new world with the noble race”, could be found in the greaser act, the bath riots, Texas massacres, Mexican Repatriation Act, Zoot Suit Riots, Mexican Schools, the banning of Salt of Earth, the murderous attacks on Chicano Moratorium, the sterilization of Chicanas in California, massacres at San Ysidro, Prop 187, Operation Gatekeeper, the Sessenbrenner bill, SB1070, Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump, massacre in El Paso.

Again Tucker Carlson would find a home in the 1800’s, the 1940’s, the 1950’s, the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and very much a defining feature of this cursed century of U$ politics.

Tucker Carlson is an enemy of the people and a product of racist society built on a colonial economy. He is a cancerous but logical outgrowth of a sick system. These are not mistakes. These are statements of attack and the howl of a racist beast that creates and recreates itself generation to generation.


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