Tucker Carlson works at FoxNews. He talks. What he disseminates would be unacceptably deficient at most high school student-volunteer broadcast rooms. Yet, he talks.
Carlson has knocked about television talk shows as a guest representing conservative political views. A few times he hosted short-lived shows. In the sphere of broadcasting, Carlson has never been someone with opinions that improved the quality of discussions. But he talks. Mistakes are made. That should be the exception, but Carlson has always had cold, bad days.
Somehow Tucker Carlson managed to get hired as the angry man, performing as a broadcaster at Fox News. His greatest challenge is to show up and yak about anything that vexed him that day. Content, be damned.
Recently Carlson got an opportunity for professional growth and self respect. Though it was handed to him readymade, Carlson blew it up and revealed even more of his piss-poor character, and his limitations.
On Independence Day celebration, 2018, there was an organised peaceful protest at the Statue of Liberty. One protester, Patricia Therese Okoumou, a United States citizen from the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) in Africa, climbed onto Lady Liberty’s pedestal. No easy feat. But Carlson pounced, saying this:
“Just yesterday, a Congolese immigrant shut down the Statue of Liberty—our Statue of Liberty—to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The left applauded that.”
Carlson visibly enraged continued:
‘Think about what you are watching right here. Congo is a war-ravaged hell-scape, a country noted for mass rape and cannibalism. Imagine escaping a country like that, and being welcomed in our country, the United States. You would be grateful, wouldn’t you? This person is not grateful at all. She took over one of our monuments to scream about how racist we are, and progressives support her. They have gone insane.
No, no. Carlson, for someone with a B.A in history from Trinity University, you missed several semesters of learning. I will soon tell you why.
Okoumou, has pleaded not guilty to three federal misdemeanor charges stemming from her protest. After her court hearing in New York on Thursday, she quoted Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high. I went as high as I could.” She never screamed at anyone.
Tucker Carlson, you should know that the DRC had a prosperous culture before Europeans arrived. You should know also, that the hell-scape began from the day Europeans laid eyes on it.Nine countries were at war at the same time each wanting the wealth of DRC. Yet you persist with the slurs and racist tropes that you absolutely need to live by. You need that lie. But let’s concentrate on the buzzwords popular in your circle –rapists and cannibalism.
Rapists? Most frequently shouted by your dear leader. You do know that Congolese boys, at gun point, were forced to rape their mothers and sisters as punishment for not meeting the unconscionable rubber quotas and some missionaries, not satisfied with their own debauchery, or just upping depravity, abandoned their calling and joined the horror perpetrated. If rape was the worst you could imagine, I can tell you about body parts even from children. Those were dried, skulls collected and used as path liners of flower gardens. I won’t go further with rape. I just don’t want to be as gross as you.
Cannibalism? The favourite excuse of European colonisers. Does the Belgian Congo and King Leopold 2nd trigger a memory? It should, because America was the first country in the world to recognise that slave colony owned by one man, Leopold. (take a look at the map attached) An entire country where every human being a slave, many begged to die. Mercenaries were the law and 10 million Congolese were massacred, starved, or worked to death. You read the number right. 10 millions slaves dead! They couldn’t meet the rubber quotas and had to provide food from their farms to feed the captors. I’ll end any reference to the savagery right there to save your damned queasy stomach. But I’ll be in your debt if you can direct me to any country that was exploited as much and as long and that late in world history.
America was bribed to bless the Congo’s legitimacy -the green light to the atrocities. So, Carlson, if you dust off that B.A in history, perhaps you would save making such an a## of yourself in public. Now, I suppose you want proof of the link between the destruction of Congo, Western prosperity and the lumps of righteous ignorance rattling within your otherwise empty head. I’ll oblige you:
Read Mark Twain’s, King Leopold’s Soliloquy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad summary of the book heart of darkness by joseph conrad
King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
Visit Belgian, French and British Archives
It is a miracle that DRC even exists. But she, a U.S citizen must be so grateful, that she must be timid, she must have permission from the likes of you and Fox, to say publicly, that what is being perpetrated at our southern border is dreadfully wrong.
I ask the above question on behalf of all the people who are teens and below. Those persons in the most optimistic phase of life. Those who have ideals they believe to be universal simply because those ideals are buttressed by what they know is ethically right. Look to history, stare it, and pray that by the time you’re bald, grey, plasticised or poisoned, your faith is strong enough to bar the early onset of pernicious cynicism.
According to the World Bank Development Indicators been, “Almost Half the world -over three billion people- live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.”
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” http://www.globalissues.org They report that 20% of all humans generate 70% of the world’s income.
Why should this concern you? Because of this- it is morally and ethically reprehensible. It violates our highest ideals, and a neglect of our responsibilities. But that won’t move people to action. What would, is that the poor, the unhealthy and the ignorant have this incorrigible habit of moving, wandering and needing water, food and security. Plagues also migrate. It is in no ones interest to allow this deprivation.
Let’s flip the focus and take a look at what is considered as development. It’s all luxury and exclusively so. Hotels in space and undersea serve an ostentatious few. Are 90% of the world’s population destined to be serfs? It’s time to make a great noise asking, What About Us!
Today it’s Starbucks’ turn for caustic opprobrium. It’s their turn to be piñata of the day, because there were more decent customers than others, in the coffeehouse, and a woman was adroit enough to use the most feared weapon in America -a cellphone.
I’m not worried about the two Black men victimized. They are smart and doing well enough to take legal action to redress the wrong. Nor is there any sympathy needed for the Black police chief, who made himself so powerless that I don’t want to imagine the compromised, sectional existence that must be his. So all is well until tomorrow, when the world sees another America within a minute of the electronic upload. Worst if streaming. To come are the rest of the stories and American children are all watching and learning.
If this reads as uncaring, that’s not my intention. This is more about how I cope with institutionalized racism that pervades all life in America, and don’t ever think that the perpetrators and enablers are always White. I know that because of many experiences.
Starbucks would have us believe that firing a member of its staff and sensitivity training are good enough….to get by. Well, Mr. Starbucks, visit any of your stores and let us know if you see what your brand projects. Look the thing that you hatched, in the eyes. It’s not pretty and it’s menacing.
Your corporate culture is who you are. Your staff don’t need sensitivity training, they need leadership and good examples worthy of emulation. Just as nothing happens until something moves, people do what they believe is expected of them. They want to please you and maybe get recognition.
They are probably stunned by the swiftness of what corporate America and many governmental agencies rely on. Go to the most junior employee, publicly fire them and some people are satisfied. The latest script is, “that is not who we are.” I differ.
So my personal philosophy in coping with victimization is this: first, who needs whom; second, is the commodity essential to my comfort, and third, is it be available elsewhere? What cannot be changed from within can be changed from without. Starbucks needs me. I don’t need Starbucks. Problem solved.
Lastly, the employee fired and those remaining have learned something and that something would likely be taken to the next jobs. How, Mr. Starbucks, have you helped?
On Our Attitude to Gun Violence
Now that America’s children have shown us the way out of the amoral morass that we call government, and have assured us that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is ten times smaller than the toys in the closet, the honorable action expected of adults is instinctively clear.
An educated electorate would have the compassion and courage to draw the teeth of the gun lobby and privately owned politicians, at the national and state level.
Dare I defy the logic of experience and hold my breath?
I watch our political leaders float proposals that would make a comedian weep with envy. For brevity, I’ll make just three observations.
A school is neither a fortress nor a prison. It must be safer than a home. Our children are owed the good memories of study, comraderie and play. They should not have to live in a state of terror, with a policeman present and school counselors fired.
A bar, an open air concert, a classroom -are not fish barrels or caged hunting reserves. Think of the horror. This is preventable sociopathic behavior allowed by an apathetic government.
Isolating school massacres from other community violence is misguided. Perhaps ignorant. Yes, military weapons have no place in civilized society. But have we asked ourselves, why are Americans killing themselves, their families and others in record numbers ? This level of violence is peculiarly American. We don’t have to tolerate it just because people want to get elected. We do have to find out why.