Tucker Carlson in a recent segment on his Fox News show, discussed multiple concerns he had concerning a recent National Geographic article The article, “As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind,” clearly irked Carlson from the getgo.
The article, which features the small Pennsylvania town of Hazleton, explores the reasons why many white individuals may feel left out as times change. Through profiling a few individuals, Nat Geo attempts to use a case by case method to articulate the feelings of white, rural Americans who approach change with a sense of trepidation.
While the article profiles individuals from Hazleton more than it makes inferences about the quality of immigrants, Tucker Carlson took enough issue with the piece to devote a large chunk of his segment to discuss his problems with the article, and how immigration is the actual problem.
Carlson opens the segment with the statistic that Hazelton’s Hispanic population grew from 2.5% in 2000 to an unidentified “majority” today. He wastes little time making inferences about causes, and consequences the growth of non-white Hazletonians had on the community.
“That’s a lot of change, it’s happening all over the country. No nation, no society has ever changed this much, this fast,” said Carlson.
However, a closer look at Carlson’s intentionally vague and triggering statistic proves it to be completely false. Ignoring past immigration surges, which dwarf that being seen in Hazleton, such as the influx of Chinese workers in the early 2000s; African slave labor in early American history; and vast the immigration numbers of Irish and Italians a century ago, Carlson paints a picture based less on fact and more on his own perceptions. While tries to say he isn’t “bigoted,” Carlson’s argument, void of a factual basis, reveals his personal feelings toward immigration. As Carlson states:
“Before you call anyone bigoted, consider—and be honest—how would you feel if that happened in your neighborhood? It doesn’t matter how nice the immigrants are. They probably are nice. Most immigrants are nice! That’s not the point.”
Despite this claim, he continues:
“The point is: This is more change than human beings are designed to digest. This pace of change makes societies volatile. Really volatile, just as ours has become volatile. And notice where this change is not happening: Any place our leaders live. They caused all of this with their reckless immigration policies, yet their own neighborhoods are basically unchanged. They look like it’s 1960! No demographic change at all!”