Tucker Carlson’s Weird Racial History

You know, I had Tucker Carlson figured for a mostly establishment twerp, but he’s now appearing on Alex Jones’ radio show. On that show, he delivered what can only be described as a breathtakingly ignorant take on the history of race relations in the United States.

Tucker Carlson, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller, appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars program on Election Day to warn about growing racial divisions in America as a result of immigration and President Obama’s time in office. Carlson said that identity politics based on race are a new feature in U.S. politics and that this development is Obama’s fault, of course.

He warned that the president is attempting to use “race to divide the country and get out the vote and use racial fears to get their base out to the polls.” “Look around the world,” Carlson said. “You’ve traveled, you know, practically every other country on the planet is divided by ethnic politics. We haven’t been historically but we’re moving in that direction. You don’t even want to play with that stuff and they’re doing it in a big way and it’s reckless.”

Every other country has been divided by race but America hasn’t? And now we’re headed that way because of Obama? Where the fuck did Tucker Carlson go to high school where they teach history and skip over slavery, Jim Crow and the entire civil rights movement?

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  • grumpyoldfart

    He just tells lies that fit the story he is making up. He doesn’t believe any part of it. The real weirdos are the members of the audience who do believe it.

  • D. C. Sessions

    If you grow up in a sufficiently insular environment, you don’t even consider the possibilities of anything else. After all, all of the people you meet are like you. All of the people you see on the television you watch are like you (except on the news about strange places, anyway.) All of the people you read about are like you (because, after all, they’re people. And books are color-blind.)

    Speaking from my own personal history, where my high school had (count them) two highly-pigmented students out of 2000, I just never considered that their melanin was anything other than a really to-die-for awesome tan. Seriously. And yeah, I really was that dense. So it’s possible.

    Or, of course, the SOB is lying to serve an agenda. Take your pick.

  • raym

    Where the fuck did Tucker Carlson go to high school where they teach history and skip over slavery, Jim Crow and the entire civil rights movement?

    But… those aren’t racism. They’re just the natural order of things, dontcha know?

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.cain chuck c

    I believe I speak for every Irish American when I say we have never been the target of “ethnic politics”. Not even a little bit. Honest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    I’d like to reinforce what grumpyoldfart said above. Seems that progressives take delight in what appears as stupidity by people like Hannity and Carlson and Rusho and Billo. But like gof said above, most of these people do not actually believe this crap. Its all part of a con, a manipulation of the masses.

    The Republican party exists to meet the needs of the rich. There are not enough rich to win elections. Thus they created a crazy class. (Now I’m gonna get criticized for using the word crazy. Because I’m being too impolite. Sorry, but no other word fits.)

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I suspect that in Carlson’s native dimension, the happy darkies really did play banjo and dance all night after an invigorating day’s cotton-picking, and after being torn from their happy homes by those invading Yankee troops, soothed the trauma of their uprooting with dreams of owning their own shoe-shine stands.

  • Artor

    So Tucker Carlson is an ignorant dumbfuck? Who knew?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Man, Mister Carlson’s kid turned out to be a right twerp.

  • John Pieret

    Well, if he is an establishment twerp, he hasn’t gotten the message. Establishment Republicans want the loony fringe off center stage and out of positions of power. And who is loonier than Jones and his listeners? Republicans know they have to court moderate independents and that the loonies cost them control of the Senate in 2012. They just hope the loonies will still vote Republican because … well … the only alternative is the librul Democrat party.

    If he isn’t an establishment twerp, Carlson must think A Day at the Races by the Marx Brothers’ (much as I love ’em) was a documentary rather than a reflection of racism in America.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Meh, pretty standard shit. I could have come up with that in my sleep. The right-wing understanding of race relations goes like this:

    1. There was slavery once, but it wasn’t so bad. Making a big deal about it is a racist plot against white folk. Beside, the blacks are insufficiently grateful to us for having ended our enslavement of them.

    2. We conservatives totally did the civil rights thing (ignore who was manning the fire hoses). Democrats back then were segregationists (ignore that they quickly turned into Republicans). It all would have gone much more smoothly if the blacks hadn’t been so uppity.

    3. All racism today is the fault of the blacks. Any complaint about prejudice is itself racist. Blacks consistently oppress us with their Obamaphones and their voting. And there’s five guys in Philadelphia calling themselves the New Black Panthers. Obama is a racist for not prosecuting them when they showed up to intimidate voters, simply by being present, at a 90% black precinct.

    4. The only reason blacks overwhelmingly vote Democratic is that they want their welfare checks and food stamps. They’d be voting Republican if only they weren’t too lazy and stupid to understand that we’re the ones on their side. Such mindless consistency probably means that, unlike real Americans, they shouldn’t be voting at all.

    5. As for ourselves, we’re totally colorblind, and that makes racism from our end impossible. Anyone who brings up the issue of race is the real racist. Although an exception is made if someone is merely complaining about how terrible and scary black people are. That’s just being realistic, and anyone criticizing that is racist and suppressing our free speech.

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  • Electric Shaman

    Now I’m gonna get criticized for using the word crazy. Because I’m being too impolite. Sorry, but no other word fits.

    This isn’t Pharyngula.

  • dan4

    @10 “…when they showed up to intimidate voters, simply by being present…”

    Uh, one of the Black Panthers was armed with a baseball bat…so it was a bit more than a case of the BPs simply being “present.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    dan4 “Uh, one of the Black Panthers was armed with a baseball bat…”

    Uh, neither of the New Black Panthers was armed with a baseball bat. Nor, I think, would the one of them who held a cane not having that cane have made a lick of different in the coverage, even if the white guy who was standing there the whole time continued to be so scared that he couldn’t join the long line of people who were also so scared they couldn’t report them. He’s still there. Fear welded him in place, I hear.

  • John Pieret

    Yeah, dan4! That was terrible! If you want to disenfranchise voters you should do it the good white way by passing bogus ID laws that prevent 20% of the electorate from voting, like the Republicans in Kansas did!

  • dan4

    @14: “Uh, neither of the New Black Panthers was armed with a baseball bat.”

    Wrong. Check the video again. One of them was.

    @15: Non sequitur.

  • dingojack

    Dan – not only your reading comprehension skills but also your grasp of logical fallacies, needs work

    Dingo.

  • John Pieret

    dan4 @ 16:

    @15: Non sequitur.

    Really? I thought we were discussing:

    “…when they showed up to intimidate voters, simply by being present…”

    What could be more intimidating to voters than government officials saying “you can’t vote”?

  • dan4

    @18: My point specifically was whether the claim by Area Man that the Black Panthers were accused of intimidating voters “simply by being present” was an accurate one or not. It was not meant as a broader discussion concerning “voter intimidation.” This was why your “reply” was a non sequitur.

  • dingojack

    Dan – I suspect you’re confusing ‘discussion’ with ‘dialogue’. The latter requires. at the least. one person; but the former requires more than one. (You were having the latter and thinking it were the former).

    Hope that helps.

    Dingo

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I thought Jon Stewart drove a stake through that phony hack when he was guest on Crossfire (if you haven’t seen it, run to youtube)

    Seriously, the fact that anyone would point a camera at him again is evidence of how little respect the system holds for its captive audience.

  • scienceavenger

    He warned that the president is attempting to use “race to divide the country and get out the vote…

    What’s really stupid about this is that no politician divides a country so he can choose the smaller portion.

  • scienceavenger

    @10

    6. It’s not the role of government to pick history’s winners and losers through affirmative action to rectify structural discrimination which isn’t real anyway since all racism is conscious and involves the “n” word which we don’t want to say but telling us we can’t when blacks do is racist.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    The Republican party exists to meet the needs of the rich. There are not enough rich to win elections. Thus they created a crazy class. (Now I’m gonna get criticized for using the word crazy. Because I’m being too impolite. Sorry, but no other word fits.)

    No, no criticism, but I would like to gently remind you that lumping the mentally ill in with the GOP is rather insulting to the mentally ill.

    That said, I do agree with the gist of your comment — there’s a certain class of people who, despite mountains of evidence showing that the GOP is exploiting the hell out of them, keep voting Republican. And that behavior is certainly… well… less than “sane”.

    The GOP is controlling them not through reason or logic, but through fear, and we should remember that pushing the right fear-buttons can make even the most rational of people go completely bat-shit crazy.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    I have flashbacks…errr..memories….of “living” in Kansas. I remember the first time I voted there, it was a decently long line (several hundred by my guess), but it moved pretty quickly. I was a bit surprised at how many people standing in the line were open carrying sidearms.

    All white guys mind you…so were they there to intimidate the minorities? Cuz if you think a baseball bat is bad…..