The Quote Below More Misinformation from the Media:
“’Tucker Carlson said something nauseating racist last night’ is a statement roughly as newsworthy as “the sun rose again this morning.” Still, the host’s latest diatribe against America’s first Muslim congresswoman merits examination. . . . Like most racist demagogues nowadays. Carlson fancies himself an inconclast. . . . So before cataloguing the cowardly evasions and racist lies in Tucker’s monologue. I’ll quote it at length.
Carlson: “ ‘In a recent piece in the Washington Post, the reporter put it this way, quote, ‘In Omar’s version, America isn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t the meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that has disappointed so many immigrants, refugees, and minorities like her. . . . Omar isn’t disappointed by America. . . . She’s enraged by it. . . . Illan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.’ . . .
“But Tucker Carlson is living proof that the way we coddle conservative snowflakes has become dangerous to this country.” – Tucker Carlson’s Latest Attack on Ilham Omar Is a Pack of Racism Lies, Eric Levitz, NYMag, 7/10/19 [Link]
Fact Check of (first) Quote: The political left uses the words “racist” and “racism” as all-purpose incantations to discredit and silence any and all dissenting points of view. Levitz’s article is a perfect example. Carlson strongly criticizes Omar to be sure, but where in his remarks is there any indication that he’s targeting her because of her ethnicity and race? He criticizes the content of her character and beliefs, not the color of her skin.
Levits claims that Omar’s criticisms of America are reasonable and that she is properly upset about our country failing to live up to its ideals. But where on earth does any country always live up to its ideals? Perfection will never be found this side of Heaven. Levits obsesses about America’s history of slavery and racial injustice, but has little to say about the good of America and its ongoing effort to ensue justice for all.
Neither does Omar, despite the fact that this country has offered her many opportunities, most notably the pathway to become a congresswoman. Carlson is quite justified in criticizing her apparent lack of gratitude. And he is not off the mark to suggest that she is a radical with real hostility toward this country.
To illustrate, Omar, a Muslim, was recently asked if she would disavow sympathy for Al-Queda, the Muslim terrorist organization that orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. She refused to answer. Also, recently, she was asked if she would condemn the attack by a domestic terrorist on a facility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington state. Again, she refused to reply.
Too often these days, we hear many disturbing things from immigrants and their native-born advocates—expressions which suggest that immigrants no longer have an obligation to assimilate to our society and feel loyalty to it. One question to ask is whether assimilation is even possible with our current immigration policy of unprecedented numbers and diversity. It’s not “racist” to ask if the Melting Pot is close to a meltdown.