According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, demographics in the United States have changed too quickly, leaving Americans "bewildered" by the fact that their communities are not as 'American' as they once were.
Citing a recent National Geographic story about Hazleton, a small Pennsylvania town, Carlson says a history of immigration laws run amok are leaving Americans all across the country to wonder where their culture has gone.
He used the example of a former coal mining town in Pennsylvania, called Hazleton, whose Hispanic population grew from 5% in 2000 to 52% in 2010. Carlson said Americans are “bewildered” by the change: “No nation, no society, has ever changed this much, this fast.”
“People who grew up in Hazleton return to find out they can’t communicate with the people who now live there. And that’s bewildering for people. That’s happening all over the country,” Carlson said. “This is more change than human beings are designed to digest.”
He also asked viewers: “How would you feel if that happened in your neighborhood?”
Carlson's latest diatribe is nothing out of character:
Since replacing Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ top slot nearly a year ago, Carlson has made headlines for his increasingly inflammatory rhetoric, especially when it comes to immigrants. He often highlights crimes committed by immigrants, for instance, and bashes politicians pushing for immigration reform.
And those politicians? Carlson says while they have been all too happy to diversify everyone else's towns, they have essentially protected themselves within their own communities:
“They caused all of this with their reckless immigration policies … and yet their own neighborhoods are basically unchanged – they look like it’s 1960,” he said. “Our leaders are for diversity, just not where they live.”
Carlson never uses the term 'white' in this segment, and had he left it at that, one could argue he might have meant that English-speaking Americans are becoming less comfortable in their diversifying towns.
But the Fox host followed up with a second segment, doubling down on his assertions and hitting back at those who criticized him, and in so doing, Carlson couldn't help but admit that he was talking about white Americans all along.
"LA County is now overwhelmingly Hispanic, but not upper-income Malibou where the famous liberals live ... Malibou is still 87 percent white.
New York City -- diverse place, of course -- but not in Michael Bloomberg's neighborhood. His zip code is 82 percent white."