Tucker Carlson said Thursday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight”: “There are a lot of dumb people in this country, the problem is when they become governor.”
This was in a response to recent statements by Utah Governor Spencer Cox who in an interview Thursday on KSL Newsradio, signaled approval for an allegedly racist scholarship program put on by the Utah Jazz by saying he was “very proud” of the program.
The caller to the radio program asked: “The Utah Jazz is excluding white children from consideration for their scholarship program. Do you think this is racist? And what will you do to prevent the Utah Jazz from acting in this racist manner?”
Cox responded: “Well, I don’t think it’s racist. In fact, I think it’s in response to, unfortunately, some very difficult and racist injustices that have happened in our community for a long time.
“And I’ll tell you what I’m going to do about the Utah Jazz: Absolutely nothing, because you know what? I believe in the Constitution and I believe in the freedom of businesses to make decisions and decisions that are right for them. Your kid or my kid, they have no right to the Utah Jazz’s money and the Utah Jazz and Ryan Smith can do the things that they want to do with their funds and their revenues,” he added.
“And, look, it’s an awesome program and it’s something that we should be celebrating. The cool thing is that the Utah Jazz have more wins than any team in the nation, which means that there are more scholarships available for kids in our state. And these are kids who are in at-risk communities. These are kids who have struggled. These kids are kids who have not had access to the same opportunities that my kids and your kids have had.
“You know, we live in a nation that does have a very difficult history and sometimes we try to ignore it. A history of racial injustice, a history where — of course, slavery being the most severe and awful example of that. But, look, that stuff just doesn’t go away overnight. And we’re working very hard on on equity, making sure that every kid in our state has the same opportunities as others. And so looking for ways to lift communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted isn’t racist at all. In fact, it’s a great way to overcome racism. And I’m really proud of the Jazz and the great things that they’re doing there.”
Carlson’s full reaction ripped the allegedly Republican governor apart:
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“We have talked a lot about identity politics on the show. Not because we want to talk about an ugly subject. Race is an ugly subject. It’s not resolvable. There’s not much to say about it. It’s just a fact. Obsessing over it gets you nowhere,” the Fox News host began.
“But the left is obsessed with tribalism—dividing people into little groups by what they look like, dehumanizing them and treating them not as individuals but as members of a herd—it’s disgusting. And yet, suddenly it’s the rule in corporate America, certainly in politics and again it’s the currency of the left and you see it from Democrats all the time. What is shocking and really dispiriting is when you see it from Republicans. And we call that out because we should. These are the people who should be pushing back and defending America from tribalism,” Carlson contended.
“Just yesterday Spencer Cox, who’s the Republican governor of Utah was asked a question about a sponsorship program created by the NBA team the Utah Jazz. The team’s program gives out a scholarship to one of Utah’s in-state universities every time it wins a game. That is great,” he continued.
“Here’s the part that’s hard to believe—it’s legal and it’s totally immoral—that scholarship is given on the basis of skin color. Kids with the wrong skin color, no matter how disadvantaged they are or no matter how qualified they are, cannot get a scholarship because they are the wrong color. So a normal person would have pushed back against it because it is racist, obviously, it should be illegal but Spencer Cox the Republican governor of Utah is totally fine with it,” Carlson said.
Despite critics calling his support of the program racist, Cox continued to stand by his statements in a tweet Thursday:
I hope you will take time to listen to what I actually said. But look folks, if you’re outraged by a private individual trying to help disadvantaged minority kids go to college, then I’m definitely not your guy. https://t.co/l9QP5oLIQU
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) April 15, 2021
Racism is by definition judging people by their immutable traits. Regardless of what Cox says, the program doles out scholarships to recipients solely by the immutable trait of how much melanin they have in their skin. We’ve “circled back” from the cries of the late Martin Luther King Jr. who dreamed of people being judged for the content of their character, and not the color of their skin. Perhaps in post-modern America, MLK’s dream doesn’t apply to basketball or scholarships.
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