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Tucker Carlson

Carlson with his signature confused look.

Tucker Carlson (1969- ), a talking head on Fox News, is currently the foremost racist on US cable television news – no mean feat. Dressed in a suit and tie on what seems to be a news show that debates the issues, he spreads lies, hatred, and fear, repeating White nationalist talking points, like replacement theory (White genocide).

  • Viewers: about 3 million
  • Viewpoint: White nationalist (since the rise of Trump).
  • Fact checking: He will flat-out lie. He clearly does not expect his audience to read or watch anything beyond the Republican Bubble.

What fans say:

The Daily Stormer, the world’s foremost neo-Nazi website, said on August 24th 2018:

“Tucker Carlson is basically ‘Daily Stormer: The Show’.

“Other than the language used, he is covering all of out talking points.”

Richard Spencer, a leading neo-Nazi, said on October 2nd 2018:

“Tucker has become a major public figure, not simply for his talents and good humor, but because he has raised the specter of nationalism, national disintegration, and anti-white hatred – often implicitly and increasingly explicitly.”

David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is also a fan. Last week when Carlson said that White supremacy is a “hoax”, “a conspiracy theory”, just days after the El Paso Massacre, David Duke agreed:

“Tucker is RIGHT! White Supremacy is a ZioMedia Conspiracy Theory! The term is itself a lie. Millions of White activists are NOT ‘supremacists’ We seek NOT to oppress or destroy any race! Human Rights for all – EVEN FOR WHITE PEOPLE! Stop antiWhite racism!”

Dream come true: Carlson gives White nationalist ideas a reach and respectability that people like Richard Spencer could only dream of before the Trump Era.

The wilderness: But then last Wednesday (August 7th) Carlson suddenly said he was leaving for the “wilderness” to go fishing with his son. This came as half his advertisers pulled their ads. It seems his rant about White supremacy being a hoax was too much even for them.

Divide and conquer: Like Trump, Carlson is a rich White man who divides the working class by whipping up the racism of rednecks. Both Trump and Carlson present themselves as the champions of ordinary Americans (by which they mean working-class White men) – and yet favour stuff like huge tax cuts for the rich or the undoing of banking rules meant to prevent another Great Recession.

Millionaire: Carlson himself is the stepson of Patricia Swanson, the heiress to the Swanson frozen-food fortune, built in part on selling hundreds of millions of TV dinners.

Funded by billionaires: Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, in an interview Carlson would not show, told Carlson he was:

“a millionaire funded by billionaires”

Bregman said Carlson used to work for the Cato Insitute, which is funded the billionaire Koch Brothers. And he now works for Rupert Murdoch, also a billionaire.

Carlson lives in Kent, in north-western Washington, DC, in a house worth $4 million:

“We have wonderful neighbors, and we love it. And what’s not to love? Our neighborhood looks exactly like it did in 1955.”

– Abagond, 2019.

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Chic: Good Times

Remarks:

This was the number one song on the US R&B charts 40 years ago today, about to become #1 on the US pop chart as well. It went to #4 across the Anglosphere (weighted average).

I remember hearing it on the radio in 1979 and thinking, “Wow, I hope these are not the good times!” Some of my friends and others would later romanticize the 1970s in the 1990s. I tried to patiently explain to them that their parents were sheltering them from the worst.

The song was written the morning it was recorded by Nile Rodgers and done in one or two takes. But Bernard Edwards’s now-legendary bass line in the song was something they had been trying to achieve for years, inspired by the bass line in “Hollywood Swinging” (1974) by Kool & the Gang. It was quickly copied by the Sugarhill Gang in “Rapper’s Delight” (1979) and by Queen in “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980).

The violins are from the New York Philharmonic.

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Lyrics:

Good times, these are the good times
Leave your cares behind, these are the good times
Good times, these are the good times
Our new state of mind, these are the good times

Happy days are here again
The time is right for makin’ friends
Let’s get together, how ’bout a quarter to ten
Come tomorrow, let’s all do it again

Boys will be boys, better let them have their toys
Girls will be girls, cute pony tails and curls
Must put an end to this stress and strife
I think I want to live the sporting life

Good times, these are the good times
Leave your cares behind, these are the good times
Good times, these are the good times
Our new state of mind, these are the good times

A rumor has it that it’s getting late
Time marches on, just can’t wait
The clock keeps turning, why hesitate
You silly fool, you can’t change your fate
Let’s cut the rug, a little jive and jitterbug
We want the best, we won’t settle for less
Don’t be a drag, participate
Clams on the half shell and roller-skates, roller-skates

Good times, these are the good times
Leave your cares behind, these are the good times
Good times, these are the good times
Our new state of mind, these are the good times

Good times!

Source: Songfacts, Sway in the Morning (Nile Rodgers interview in 2015).

A Know-Nothing Party cartoon from the 1850s, back when Irish and German immigrants were the threat to America As We Know It.

America As We Know It has been ever teetering at the edge of the abyss for hundreds of years thanks to immigration:

1753: Ben Franklin:

“Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most stupid of their own nation […] Not being used to liberty, they know not how to make a modest use of it. […] but now they come in droves and carry all before them, except in one or two counties.

“Few of their children in the country know English. […] The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages, and in some places only German. […]

“In short, unless the stream of their importation could be turned from this to other colonies […] they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will, in my opinion, be not able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

1835: Lyman Beecher, an evangelical preacher and reformer, warned of the:

“danger from the uneducated mind [that] is augmenting daily by the rapid influx of foreign emigrants, unacquainted with our institutions, unaccustomed to self-government, inaccessible to education, and easily accessible to prepossession, and inveterate credulity, and intrigue, and easily embodied and wielded by sinister design. […]

“In the beginning this eruption of revolutionary Europe was not anticipated, and we opened our doors wide to the influx and naturalization of foreigners.  But it is become a terrific inundation; it has increased upon our native population from five to thirty-seven percent, and is every year advancing….”

His anti-Catholic sermons led to a wave of church burnings. (It was his daughter’s book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1852) that,more than anything else, turned opinion in the North against slavery, leading to civil war.)

1925: John Dos Passos had a character in his book “Manhattan Transfer” say:

“No I tell you, Wilkinson, New York is no longer what it used be when Emily and I first moved up here about the time the Ark landed …. City’s overrun with kikes and low Irish, that’s what’s the matter with it … In ten years a Christian wont be able to make a living … I tell you the Catholics and the Jews are going to run us out of our own country, that’s what they are going to do.”

2019: James Dobson of Focus on the Family, a White Evangelical Protestant leader and supporter of Trump, said this after being moved to tears by the conditions he saw at a US border camp:

“I can only report that without an overhaul of the law and the allocation of resources, millions of illegal immigrants will continue flooding to this great land from around the world. Many of them have no marketable skills. They are illiterate and unhealthy. Some are violent criminals. Their numbers will soon overwhelm the culture as we have known it, and it could bankrupt the nation.”

In practice, White America assimilated enough newcomers, or at least their children, while enlarging its identity, from Wasp to Nordic to European American and from Protestant to Christian to Judaeo-Christian.

– Abagond, 2019.

Sources: “The select works of Benjamin Franklin”; “Manhattan Transfer” (1925) by John Dos Passos; The Way of Improvement (a blog by historian John Fea).

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Eddie Glaude: This is us!

On August 5th 2019, two days after the El Paso Massacre, Eddie Glaude, professor of African American Studies at Princeton, said the best thing I have heard about this moment in US history.

To Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC (annotations mine):

“You know, America is not unique in its sins, as a country, we are not unique in our evils, to be honest with you. I think where we may be singular is our refusal to acknowledge them and the legends and myths we tell about our inherent goodness, to hide and cover and conceal, so that we can maintain a kind of wilful ignorance that protects our innocence.

“See, the thing is, when the Tea Party was happening, we – people were – we were saying, pundits, “Oh, it’s just about economic populism. It’s not about race.” When people knew, people in social sciences were already writing that what was driving the Tea Party were anxieties about demographic shifts, that the country was changing, that they were seeing these racially ambiguous babies on Cheerios commercials, that the country wasn’t quite feeling like it was a White nation anymore. And people were screaming, from the top of their lungs, “Yo, this is not simply economic populism. This is the ugly underbelly of the country.”

“See, the thing is is this – and I’ll take the hit on it – there are communities that have had to bear the brunt of America confronting, White America’s confronting, the danger of their innocence. And it happens every generation. So somehow we have to kind of, “Oh my God, is this who we are?” And just again, here’s another generation of babies.

“Think about:

  • The two-year-old, had his bones broken by two parents trying to shield him from being killed.
  • A woman, who has been married to this man, for as long as I have been on the planet almost, lost her husband.

“For what!!??

“And so what we know is that the country has been playing politics for a long time on this hatred. We know this.

“So, it’s easy for us to place it all on Donald Trump‘s shoulders. It’s easy for us to place Pittsburgh on his shoulders. It’s easy for me to place Charlottesville on his shoulders. Easy for us to place El Paso on his shoulders.

THIS IS US!!

“And if we’re going to get past this, we can’t blame it on him. He’s a manifestation of the ugliness that’s in us.

“I’ve had the privilege of growing up in a tradition that didn’t believe in the myths and the legends because we had to bear the brunt of them.

“Either we are going to change, Nicolle, or we’re going to do this again and again and babies are going to have to grow up without mothers and fathers uncles and aunts, friends, while we’re trying to convince White folk finally leave behind a history that will – maybe, maybe, or embrace a history that might set them free from being White. Finally.

“Finally!”

Source: MSNBC (YouTube video, 3 minutes), Young Teen (image).

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The Hispanic Invasion

Just a reminder: North America in 1830, before the actual Anglo invasion of northern Mexico.

The Hispanic Invasion (1928- ) sees the US as suffering an invasion from Latin America. President Trump underscores the idea by sending the army to the Mexican border and declaring a state of emergency to get money to wall off Mexico.

It is standard nativist fearmongering.

In 1873, for example, it was the Chinese. Henry Josiah West, in his book “Chinese Invasion”, warned:

“the Chinese in California are the advance guard of numberless legions that will, if no check is applied, one day overthrow the present Republic of the United States.”

By 1928 it was a “Mexican invasion”. On March 22nd the Star-Gazette of Elmira, New York noted:

“It has been stated in debates or speeches in Congress that at the very time when unemployment was at its highest stage during the past few months, something over 1,000 Mexican peons have been pouring into the United States every week … Now, what are we to do about this Mexican invasion?”

In the 1990s the number of people coming to the US from the Americas (mainly from Mexico) reached its height. It has been dropping ever since:

So has the number caught crossing the Mexican border illegally:

In the 2010s immigration is now more likely to come from Asia. From 2016 to 2017, foreign-born Asians increased by 446,000, while foreign-born Latin Americans by only 130,000. Nearly all the growth in Hispanic numbers (1.2 million in 2018) comes from within the US. No invasion necessary.

On June 25th 2015 Donald Trump, who had been on Twitter since 2009 and had never tweeted anything about an immigrant “invasion”, suddenly tweets this in SCREAMING CAPS:

“@sandrapatriot: @stephenfhayes WHAT U REALLY SHOULD B ANGRY ABT IS THE INVASION OF MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS TKING OVER AMERICA! NOT DonaldTrump

That came nine days after he said he was running for US president to build a wall between Mexico and the US.

Since May 2018 Trump has run 2,200 ads on Facebook that use the word “invasion”, ads like this:

One of Trump’s Facebook ads.

That is in addition to his tweets and rallies where he has been pushing the same idea.

Fox News, meanwhile, has been pushing the Hispanic invasion trope hard since 2018, especially Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. (In 2015 it was the Muslims who were invading.)

On October 21st 2018, Robert Bowers noted:

“I have noticed a change in people saying ‘illegals’ that now say ‘invaders’ i like this.”

Six days later he shot up a synagogue in Pittsburgh, saying it helped “to bring invaders in that kill our people.”

On August 3rd 2019 a terrorist manifesto appeared on 8chan:

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

Then, 27 minutes later, Patrick Crusius was gunning down Hispanics at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Crusius visits Walmart.

On August 6th 2019, just three days later, Fox News doubled down. Brian Kilmeade:

“If you use the term ‘invasion,’ that’s not anti-Hispanic, it’s a fact.”

Wrong: it demonizes people who are mostly peaceful asylum seekers.

Kilmeade wears a striped tie.

– Abagond, 2019.

Sources: mainly Google Images, Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), France 24, Brookings (2018), The Atlantic (nativism), Elmira Star-Gazette (1928), “An Inconvenient Truth” (terrorist manifesto), Business Insider (Facebook ads), Vox (tweets, rallies, asylum seekers), Trump Twitter Archive, Pew (Hispanic population), Media Matters (Fox News), watching Fox News.

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Patrick Crusius

Patrick Crusius (c. 1998- ) is the White American man suspected of killing at least 22 people and injuring 27 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas near the Mexican border. On Saturday morning, August 3rd 2019, he was killing children, grandmothers, back-to-school shoppers, everyone – with an AK-47. El Paso is 83% Hispanic. He drove over a thousand kilometres to get there from Allen, Texas where he lives (11% Hispanic).

The police took him alive. 

President Trump blames the shooting on video games and mental illness, not his own fearmongering about Hispanics nor the loose gun laws he and Republicans (and some Democrats) refuse to do anything about. The citizenry in the US have more assault weapons, like the kind Crusius used, than the US military, the largest military in human history.

“Trump” said with guns – an image on social media that Crusius liked.

Terrorism: At least this time the authorities regard the shooter as a terrorist despite his white skin – even if White terrorism is not yet a serious crime like, say, selling loose cigarettes.

The arrest of Eric Garner (left) and the arrest of Patrick Crusius (right).

White extremist violence in the US is way up. Over the past 18 months White extremists have killed 63 people. Compare that to the no more than 48 they killed in the 14 years from 9/11 to the rise of Trump.

A manifesto appeared on the Internet 27 minutes before the shooting. It starts out like this:

“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

It is almost certainly Crusius.

Brenton Tarrant is the Christchurch shooter Crusius is talking about. He shot up two mosques in New Zealand last March. He wrote a 73-page manifesto called “The Great Replacement” – meaning the replacement of White people (White genocide).

Invasion: Something Crusius, Tarrant, Trump and Robert Bowers (the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter) all have in common is a view of the US as being “invaded” by Hispanics. Trump himself underscored that point by calling out the army.

As goes Texas: Crusius, like Tarrant, is particularly concerned about Texas where the fate of the US, if not Western civilization, hangs in the balance:

“The heavy Hispanic population in Texas will make us a Democrat stronghold. Losing Texas and a few other states with heavy Hispanic population to the Democrats is all it would take for them to win nearly every presidential election. … At least with Republicans, the process of mass immigration and citizenship can be greatly reduced.”

His vision for the US:

“But the idea of deporting or murdering all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s).”

– Abagond, 2019.

Sources: mainly Vox and “The Inconvient Truth”, the manifesto attributed to Crusius.

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Malaika: 2 Bob (Muntuza)

Remarks:

This came out in South Africa in November 2005. Even though they do songs in English in a more American style, this is my favourite. The studio recording has better sound quality. The music video is distracting and takes away from the song (though maybe if I understood the words it would make more sense).

The English translations I have found are as clear as mud, but it appears to be a love song. Google Translate says the song is in Zulu.

The video above shows them on South African television in happier days. In 2008 they went on tour in Australia – and then Jabulani Ndaba (the tall one) died of tuberculosis. The band fell apart with the other two, Bongani Nchanga and Matshediso Mholo, becoming solo singers. Tshedi Mholo, who was a schoolteacher in Soweto in her previous life, is now a gospel singer. All three had grown up singing in church.

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Lyrics:

Morandziwa wa mina
Ni naledzi yanga
Mufunwa wanga
Vatshwari vamina
Vani kunisile
Ndifambile
Ndo fanayo
Two bobo yanga

Baya buza abantu
Yini ngathi u hamba kancane
Ilanga ngathi seliyashona
Sheshisa baby o hamba kancane

Ha osa chechela morago
O thathiwe ngizo ngizokuthola phambili
Ha osa chechela morago
O thathiwe ngizo ngizokuthola phambili

4x
Wakabani haibo lo muntuza
(Ungo wami lo muntuza)
(Ungo wami lo muntuza) ad lib

Ha ke sa chechela morago
Senthathiwe nizo ng’thola phambili
Ha ke sa chechela morago
Ndifambile nizo ng’thola phambili

2x
Morandziwa wanga wamina
Ndinofa naena
Two bobo yanga ya mina ndo fanayo
Ndifambile mine a
Vatshwari vamina vani kunisile

Two bobo ad lib

Two bobo ya mina
Ndo fanayo
Imudodo wanya
Ni naledzi yanga
Di ani fuwuna

Two bobo yanga Repeat A welele ngaze ngayithol’
Intombi yami
Ku khala madoda ngawe lovey wami
Ungo wami Ngiyaz’fela ngawe sithandwa

Ha ke sa chechela morago
O mo mina ngiyaz’fela wela ngawe sithandwa
Ha ke sa chechela morago
O mo mina ngiyaz’fela wela ngawe sithandwa

Two bobo ad lib

Morandziwa wanga
Ni naledzi yanga
Two bobo yanga
Ndo fanayo

Repeat till fade

Two bobo ad lib

Morandziwa wanga
Nisi vaya kiliwu yanga
Imutoto wanya
Two bobo yanga

Sources: mainly Shazam, RedLive

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