On Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News’ highest rated program, the host and his guest, right-wing pundit Mark Steyn, were unrepentant in their embrace of anti-Hispanic racism.
Steyn ominously noted to an audience of about 3 million people that the “majority of grade school students in Arizona are Hispanic.” According to Steyn, this means that “Arizona’s future is as an Hispanic society.” This, Steyn says, is very bad.
“That means, in effect, the border has moved north,” according to Steyn. In other words, Steyn believes that Hispanics are not real Americans.
Carlson replies that this cultural transformation is “bewildering” for “people grew up here,” apparently unaware that millions of Americans are Hispanic and grew up here. “I don’t think you have to be motivated by hate to say maybe I should have some say in how my country evolves,” Carlson argues.
In short, Carlson believes that it is legitimate for white people to want to exclude Hispanics from the the United States to preserve the country’s white identity.
The irony of Steyn’s racist commentary on what it means to be an American is that Steyn is not an American. He is Canadian. There are 56.6 million Americans who are Hispanic. All of them are 100 percent more American than Mark Steyn.
In case you had any doubts about Steyn’s motivations, earlier on Carlson’s show he criticizes Nancy Pelosi and CNN’s Chris Cuomo for being more critical of white supremacists than DREAMers, young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
“The white supremacists are American citizens. The illegal immigrants are people who shouldn’t be here,” Steyn says.
You know who else isn’t an American citizen? Mark Steyn.