Tucker Carlson and “replacement” racism

United Airlines announced a program to get more diversity in its pilot training. Fox’s Tucker Carlson went on a rant saying all that should matter in the cockpit is competence and safety, not skin color. And if that’s no longer true — planes will crash.

Wait, what?

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah slammed Carlson. My wife objected that all Carlson said was that only competence should matter. What’s wrong with that?

It falsely confuses issues of safety and racial fairness. Did United ever say color would trump competence? That it would accept less capable pilots? Of course not. That would be absurd. So what was Carlson on about?

Nobody can openly say, “We don’t want more Black pilots.” Saying we want capable pilots seems fine. Except for the unstated premise that Blacks will be worse pilots. Carlson was giving his racist fans another way to think they’re not racist. Even while thinking an America with more Blacks in prominent roles is a worse America.

A recent Michael Gerson column also demystifies Carlson, as epitomizing today’s Trumpian Republican right. Big there is “replacement theory.” Remember “Jews will not replace us?” Gerson quotes Carlson: “The Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate of the voters now casting ballots with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World.” Carlson denies this is a racial issue, calling it instead “a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand-new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”

As if white voters like him have a birthright entitlement to their political dominance. And in Carlson’s eyes, Western civilization itself is under attack: “rotting from within because the people in charge don’t think it is worth preserving.” Welcoming in people who make America “poorer and dirtier and more divided,” Carlson said in 2018.

There you have it. Dirtier. The ancient racist purity trope. Those other kind are polluting. Darker skin is dirtier.

Oh, but it’s not about race, he still insists. Yeah, as if voting restrictions like Georgia’s are about ballot integrity — not making it harder for Blacks to vote. As if it’s not racist to say that with more nonwhite pilots, planes will crash.

Not only is all this racist, it’s dishonest. And such is the core of today’s Republicanism.

For the record: Democrats do not somehow “import” new voters. That’s not what’s behind people immigrating here. And studies prove that immigrants do not make America “poorer,” but richer, being net contributors to our economy. “Dirtier?” I know of no studies, but strongly suspect they’re actually cleaner on average. And “more divided?” Who’s more divisive than Tucker Carlson, demonizing some of our citizens as civilization destroyers?!

The idea that Carlson and his ilk are just defending lofty civilizational values is very insidious; another way to sugar-coat their racism. And what is it, exactly, about immigrants, that supposedly corrupts our civilization? Trump said other countries don’t send us their best. Like they pick out their dregs to get rid of. Idiotic. Immigrants are not “sent,” they choose to come. And willingness to leave behind everything familiar and battle all the obstacles to immigration takes enterprise, drive, and capabilities far beyond what the average American possesses. They improve our country. 

But I too believe America, and Western civilization itself, are under assault — from the likes of Carlson and his sick fans. Their “replacement” by an electorate less white, with more newcomers who understand what America is really about, cannot come soon enough.

And if I see a Black pilot on my flight, I’ll risk it. 


11 Responses to “Tucker Carlson and “replacement” racism”

  1. Doug Weston-Kolarik Says:

    Wow!! You did the same thing that you state Carson did!! Jump to a huge conclusion that United was talking about adding only “black” pilots. Shame on you! It is all about black lives isn’t it Rational Optimist? Can’t diversity mean adding more Native American pilots, more Latino pilots?? You people make me sick. How much more do we placate blacks, cave to black lives, while ignoring the racism in our country toward other marginalized people.

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 9:04 AM The Rational Optimist wrote:

    > rationaloptimist posted: ” United Airlines announced a program to get more > diversity in its pilot training. Fox’s Tucker Carlson went on a rant saying > all that should matter in the cockpit is competence and safety, not skin > color. And if that’s no longer true — planes will ” >

  2. Don Bronkema Says:

    Depressing that Earth-tribes still fear the Other. To survive, we must follow Vaihinger & act AS IF we are free to embrace the Good. Indeed, rads speculate that consciousness is quantal & indeterminate: if so, volition could be decatenated & remoralized. The tribe of proto-centenarians, having done its duty, could die in peace.

  3. Don Bronkema Says:

    Amigo Weston: Read the RO again & recalibrate. Nothing he said excludes Amerinds, class victims or gender cohorts. Deracinates can train & fly if civil.

  4. dolphinwrite Says:

    There is a growing trend to call people racists. It has been promoted by the left and radical polititions with a dogmatic media, also bought out by radical propaganda. In truth, calling people racists is the new racism, just hidden in a different outfit. What it is is promoted hatred of people who think for themselves, say honestly what they mean, and hold to traditional common sense. Look, when I was young, decades ago, people talked trash at school, in the streets, and wherever, but no one cared, and it didn’t go anywhere except maybe a bloody nose when someone said something to the wrong person. But that’s normal. What we have today is many people joining the false kindness bandwagon, yet filled with fear and hatred, targeting decent people because they need to hate to feel good about their own lives. They also are attempting to use the racist concept to fool people into thinking they’re actually caring, but in truth, are just promoting something in the guise of decency, which is really racism against decent people.

  5. Don Bronkema Says:

    Is Carlson a fabulist, a siko or an ignoramus? Prime suspect: racial terror. ‘Gens de couleur’ will be US plurality in 2044, majority by 2052. Never in 6 KY [since Sumeria & Mohenjo-Daro] has pigmentation per se been the dispositive divisor in social relations. Not for long, tho. Inter-copulation & color-choice pre-conception via CRISPR will render race nugatory w/in 200 years–just in time for Personkind to prep for the stars. Viz. spacetime compression as envisioned by M. Alcubierre.

  6. dolphinwrite Says:

    That technique, of using barbs, phrases, and intellectual double-speak is so very old and overused. Easy to see coming. I simply write what I see, to the readers, often knowing the writer doesn’t have real communication at heart. Thanks for the platform: a public platform. It provides opportunity for others to bring in real thoughts and understanding.

  7. Don Bronkema Says:

    Dolphin 1042: To whom was this addressed? Surely not to respondent, notorious for plain-speak these 90+ years, as colleagues Libet, Koch, Dennett, Dawkins, Bostrom, Doudna et alia concede. Read them & rebut, sed caveat lector.

  8. dolphinwrite Says:

    Never been impressed with techno-talk, intellectual high dollar words, or rhetoric. Having gone to college, researched a ton, I could do that. But why? Best to speak plainly, honestly, and then all can understand with their common sense. But please. Continue to attempt impressing.

  9. Don Bronkema Says:

    This nonagenarian’s 5th-grade teacher, sanctioned by parents, beat him w/a yardstick for writing & speaking Latin, dwelling upon the meaning of the kosmos etc. His teen dottir complains about it today. But in plainest Anglo he can manage: the trouble w/certain heimat weissmen [oops–heartland whites] is they can’t bear the thought of sharing status w/Blacks & Mexicans. For them, deracination is worse than death. Will we implode? Is this April, 1860 as colleagues fear? Gen-Z is taking its cue from respondent. When classmates beat him daily in 1941, he just wiped away the blood: “Gentlemen, let’s resolve our differences in a spirit of comity & accommodation”. Bored by inveterate pacifism, they stopt–& became amigos for life. H. semper unsapiens–propelled by truth, equity & green justice–can survive, prosper, prevail & transcend en route to the stars. If he doesn’t, that’s ok. As Libet demo’d in 1986, mentation & volition are 20-khz sweeper-wave consensae, w/o the least significance. The perpetual, uncreated kosmos keeps its counsel [see 158,410-page file, soon preserved in optical forrmat].

  10. Don Bronkema Says:

    Last line: format.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    given a choice i’ll take carlson and the most highly trained, competent, calm, cool and collected pilot available, color is of little import. however, affirmative action at the controls of a jumbo jet should be of some concern to all. if ther is anyone in disagreement, i hope you fly a different carrier. oh, by the way, trevor noah can kiss my unapologeticly white ass! you can tell how that notalent got the job!

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