Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into Vanderbilt University professor Michael Eric Dyson over Critical Race Theory after he called Trump supporters “maggots” on MSNBC while ranting against “mediocre mealy-mouthed snowflake white men.”
After laying out a historical perspective concerning “scientific racism,” Carlson addressed Dyson’s fiery rant on MSNBC.
“His name is Eric Michael Dyson. He’s a tenured professor at some stupid college or other. He lives in a rich, almost exclusively white neighborhood. He goes on TV a lot. Read what he says about race, and ask yourself if he sounds any different from Bull Conner or David Duke. Only the colors have changed,” Carlson said Thursday before he played a clip of Dyson on MSNBC to prove his point.
Carlson is positing that Dyson is guilty of the same racist rhetoric that both Connor and Duke were known for. Bull Connor was a notoriously racist Alabama police commissioner from the 1960s. He is infamous for unleashing police dogs on civil rights protesters and dousing them with firehoses. David Duke was at one time a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” the professor lambasted those who oppose Critical Race Theory and defended Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley, who justified the military’s support for “understanding” Critical Race Theory.
“In speaking about, you know, the maggots – I’m sorry, the MAGA – that is so corrosive in this political moment. … And we have stood by to see mediocre, mealy-mouthed snowflake white men who are incapable of taking critique, who are willing to dole out infamous repudiations of the humanity of the other. And yet they call us snowflakes, and they are the biggest flakes of snow to hit the Earth,” he spouted. “They are incapable of criticism. They are incapable of tolerating difference. They’re scared of, ‘Oh, my god, critical race theory is going to kill your mother.’ And they don’t even know. They are not critical, they have no race, and they don’t understand theory.”
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“Yet they are allowed to wax eloquently about the means and limits of rationality in this country and they couldn’t save themselves if the world depended on it,” Dyson additionally railed.
Carlson addressed the rank racism of Dyson’s comments.
“White men, they’re the problem! You hear that so often that you don’t pause to consider what a change this is. It used to be, only a few years ago, that the one thing you couldn’t do in this country was attack people in public on the basis of their race. ‘I don’t like that group because of their skin color. Let’s hurt them.’ You couldn’t say that. It was the one unacceptable thing, and for very good reason,” the Fox News host said.
“You can’t maintain a multiracial democracy unless people of every color have exactly the same rights and responsibilities under the law, and are considered of precisely the same moral value under God. That’s the most basic prerequisite for a multi-racial democracy. All lives have to matter, or it cannot work,” he contended.
“It’s pretty clear that our leadership class, for whatever reason, doesn’t want it to work. Obviously, they don’t. Look at what they’re doing. When you hear people ascribe blood guilt to a specific racial group — when you hear them talk about the sin of whiteness — what you’re watching is the death of our future as a country. We can’t live in a nation of warring tribes. We know very well what that looks like. It’s the history of the world. It’s bloody and miserable and vicious. We can’t allow that,” he added.
Carlson went on to explain the complexities of racism and the labeling of Critical Race Theory: “In the universities, this is called ‘Critical Race Theory,’ so that’s the term many people go with. ‘Critical Race Theory’ — that’s what we so often debate on TV. But it’s an inaccurate way to describe what’s happening.”
“Like so much academic jargon, the phrase ‘Critical Race Theory’ doesn’t mean anything. It obscures, rather than illuminates. It’s designed to confuse you. What’s happening in our schools and our military and our government is both simpler and easier to recognize than that. It’s not Critical Race Theory. It’s racism. Not ‘neo-racism or reverse racism. Those are meaningless terms. It’s race hate, peddled by the people in charge in the hope it’ll make them more powerful. That’s all it is,” he said.
The Fox News host noted how racism and hatred are pouring out of our universities and are infecting the entire nation. It’s permeated not only our schools but all of our institutions, including the military.
Carlson concluded with a question for every American on the growing cancer of racism in this country: “The question, how do we get out of this vortex before it’s too late? How do we save the country before we become Rwanda? What should we be teaching our children, so that they can live in a country that you want to live in, one full of many different kinds of people who actually like each other, who can work together, who are united by the fact that they are all Americans? That’s the question.”
Dyson would later go on to attempt to walk back his “maggots” quip on Twitter: “Trying 2 be clever, I suggested MAGA followers were MAGATS (I should have said MAGA-ITES, but it doesn’t sing), & I didn’t realize it would come off as MAGGOTS. I’m truly sorry for that; ad hominem is not my usual way. Did it deserve all the “n***er” emails? Lord help us to heal.”
Trying 2 be clever, I suggested MAGA followers were MAGATS (I should have said MAGA-ITES, but it doesn’t sing), & I didn’t realize it would come off as MAGGOTS. I’m truly sorry for that; ad hominem is not my usual way. Did it deserve all the “nigger” emails? Lord help us to heal.
— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) June 24, 2021
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