Tucker Carlson responds to accusations of racism after remarking in a monologue Friday night that diversity is not America's strength. Don Lemon called it anti-diversity" and said it was racist on his CNN show.
CNN commentator Bakari Sellers called Carlson's commentary the "vein of white nationalism."
"People should never be punished nor rewarded on the basis of their skin color. Unlike the left, we don't believe that your DNA is the most important thing about you. Each of us is an individual, not a faceless member of a herd. We abhor defining people by race. That's one of the main reasons we're not liberals," Carlson said.
From Monday night's Tucker Carlson Tonight:
CARLSON: For more than two centuries, the motto of this country was E pluribus unum, out of many, one. That phrase is on the official seals of all three branches of our government, the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court.
It's been engraved on our coins since the end of the Revolutionary War. Out of many, one, a country in which our differences mean less than our common identity as Americans.
For centuries, this was the source of our national strength. Then a few decades ago that changed. With no vote or even an acknowledgement, our elites jettisoned the old motto and adopted a new one, diversity is our strength.
The new slogan seem to have the opposite meaning from the ones the Founders wrote. Our differences, they began telling us, are now the single most important thing about us. The less alike we are the better.
Now, it's possible that is true. The disunity somehow makes us stronger. What's striking is that nobody has ever bothered to explain exactly how.
So, on Friday night we asked the question. One of our jobs in this show is to ask questions that nobody else is asking. We believe that open debate is our birthright as Americans. But we also believe it produces wiser conclusions. So, we did. Here's the clip.
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CARLSON: How precisely is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it.
Can you think, for example, of other institutions such as, I don't know, marriage or military units in which the less people have in common the more cohesive they are? Do you get along better with your neighbors or your coworkers if you can't understand each other or share no common values?
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CARLSON: Well those seem like obvious questions to us and long overdue questions. But rather than answer us, the Left called us names and tried to shut us up. "You're racist," they screamed as if that were a response rather than a tactic.
Keep in mind that this show has argued consistently and persistently for almost two years that people should never be punished or rewarded on the basis of their skin color.
Unlike the Left, we don't believe your DNA is the most important thing about you. Each of us is an individual, not a faceless member of a herd. We abhor defining people by race. That's one of the main reasons we're not liberals.
But maybe we're being too literal about this. Our critics don't really think we're racists. And they probably wouldn't care if we were. Al Sharpton is still a progressive in good standing. Bigotry, obviously, is no barrier to entry on the Left.
None of this is actually about race at all. They're trying to silence us because they don't want to answer the question. And they don't want to answer it because they don't have an answer to it. Think about that.
America is a country the size of a continent with 325 million people in it. What holds all of that together? What's the glue? It certainly doesn't need to be ethnicity or religion but it does need to be something.
Countries don't remain united without a reason. What's ours?
You'd think our elites would be staying up late thinking about that.
They're not. They haven't given it a thought and they don't want you to give it a thought either.
Diversity is our strength, they shout. It's an inadequate response from an inadequate leadership class.
Meanwhile they fan the flames of mindless tribalism.
Division helps them maintain their power even it - even as it destroys our country. They have no interest in national unity. They have no interest in the nation-state itself actually. That's merely a barrier to their advancement.
But there are a lot of people, including us, who still care about America, the nation. And it's worth thinking about why we are still a country. What do we all have in common? What do we all believe? What's the American idea? We're going to explore all that in the coming weeks and months because we think it's worth it.