Just when you thought racism, specifically in the United States, couldn't get much worse or obvious, Tucker Carlson goes on television and claims that the Black Lives Matter protests aren't about black lives.
Yes, that's what an actual anchor on a major US news network actually said on Monday night, after weeks of protests following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
In an irate monologue that lasted for a reported 25 minutes, Carlson became extremely critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, especially the calls to defund police departments or to have them removed completely.
This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives.
Remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will. Anyone who has ever been subjected to the rage of the mob knows the feeling. It’s like being swarmed by hornets. You cannot think clearly. And the temptation is to panic. But you can’t panic. You’ve got to keep your head and tell the truth. … If you show weakness of any kind, they will crush you.
Although it wasn't clear who Carlson meant when he said 'they' many were quick to interpret that he may have been referring to black people. Soon, the clip had gone viral with people up in arms at what the 51-year-old had said, regardless of who it was aimed at.
If that wasn't enough Carlson questioned why the new Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC wasn't criticised and asked why there wasn't streets called 'NRA Avenue' and 'Planned Parenthood Blvd'?
Safe to say that in this particular instance, Carlson is very very confused...