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Tucker Carlson Blames Al Sharpton for Violence Against Asian-Americans

Tucker Carlson Blames Al Sharpton for Violence Against Asian-Americans

Fox News shill Tucker Carlson said on Thursday that Reverend Al Sharpton is partly responsible for the March 16th mass shootings across three spas in Atlanta, Georgia that left six Asian women, one white woman, and one white man dead.

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The domestic terror attack was committed by a 21-year-old white kid.

Carlson will look for any excuse to deflect blame away from toxic male privilege and white supremacy, which he has previously referred to as a hoax:

Asian Americans do suffer quite a few violent attacks in this country, unfortunately, but there is zero evidence that a rise in white supremacy is driving those attacks. 

We don’t have to guess about this because the Justice Department keeps the numbers. According to federal statistics, African American perpetrators are more likely than any other group to attack Asian Americans. It happens quite a bit. 

Now, most racial violence in this country, most violence of all kinds, occurs within racial groups. Whites are most likely to attack whites, Blacks are most likely to attack Blacks, etcetera. The only exception that we found in the federal numbers was among Asian Americans.

Asians were more likely to be attacked by African Americans than by members of their own ethnicity. Well, why is that? We can’t say for sure, and we’re not going to speculate about it. Unlike the other cable news channels, we will not draw grand and divisive conclusions from this or any data about race. 

It is always wrong to blame an entire group for anything, ever. Treat people as individuals first, that is the whole point of America.

We can say that this has been going on for quite a while, as anyone who lives in the city well knows. Tensions between African-Americans and immigrant Korean store owners, for example, were a central factor of the 1992 LA riots.

It wasn’t QAnon that made violent threats against Asian shopkeepers in New York in the 1980s. It was Al Sharpton.  And so on.

As noted, this kind of violence has a long history, though the media have done their very best to ignore it. 

Carlson also said that the “Democratic coalition is profoundly unstable” because of Black Lives Matter.

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Watch here via Media Matters for America.

Media Matters noted that reality tells a different story than what Carlson is peddling:

The statistics Carlson cited were most likely pre-pandemic 2018 data from the Department of Justice (Carlson did not give a detailed citation for his numbers) indicating that 27.5% of violent crime committed against Asian Americans was committed by African Americans. While these statistics may provide insight into the larger scope of violent crime in the United States, they do not negate the realities of anti-Asian and white supremacist violence, and they do not erase the potential motivations of the shooter, or the right of Asian-Americans to speak about their experiences and emotions.

Stop AAPI Hate recently wrote that it had received reports of 3,795 hate incidents against Asian Americans from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021. Those incidents included ‘verbal harassment,’ ‘shunning,’ and ‘physical assault.’ Additionally, the reporting center found that ‘women report hate incidents 2.3 times more than men.’

There are clear indicators that white supremacist violence is on the rise. FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2017, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this month that white supremacist ideology ‘is a persistent, evolving threat’ and is ‘the biggest chunk of our domestic terrorism portfolio, if you will, overall.’ He also said that the number of arrests of white supremacists has nearly tripled since his first year in the position.

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