We know that some right-wing commentators at Fox News have a clear disdain for President Barack Obama – a disdain that was illustrated most recently in the case of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who had a highly-publicized involvement in dog fighting. Recently, however, President Obama saluted the Eagles for giving Vick a second chance.
Obviously, there had to be at least one commentator at Fox News ready to take a shot at the president over this one.
This all leads me to a little excerpt I read from Dr. Boyce Watkins, who blogged about some very disturbing comments made by right-wing Fox News commentator (I know that is sort of redundant) Tucker Carlson regarding Vick, who has bounced back from his self-inflicted dog-fighting troubles, turned his life around and again is excelling on the football field (and presumably in life).
That’s not good enough for some of the tighty righties at Fox News – like Tucker Carlson.
Here is a portion of what Watkins wrote in his blog regarding Carlson:
“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Carlson said. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that. He wasn’t, but the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale.”
First of all, I think that most decent Christians would not believe that Tucker Carlson is a Christian. But then again, most of the original members of the KKK also considered themselves to be Christians, so perhaps Carlson’s delusional behavior actually makes sense. I’d be curious to see if Carlson believes that the hundreds of thousands of deer hunters and members of the National Rifle Association should also be executed for killing animals themselves. After all, killing an animal is the same no matter what, right?
Secondly, Carlson’s insinuation that the life of this black man is worth less than that of a dog is a telling reminder of how the Right Wing is nothing more than a modern-day manifestation of those who’ve profited from slavery and the execution of black men for the past 400 years (they continue to profit from slavery within the prison system – the only place where the United States Constitution allows slavery to take place). If this were 1840, Tucker Carlson would surely be part of the lynch mob that would have dragged Michael Vick out of jail in the middle of the night and murdered him in front of his family.
Like Watkins, I too am deeply disturbed that Carlson seems to suggest that the lives of dogs are sort of an even swap for the life of a black man.
Much like Sarah Palin, Carlson can seemingly resist no opportunity to take a shot at President Obama.
This incident, and the implication of Carlson’s words, are different. This man is acting as if, were he so empowered, would hold himself up as judge, jury and executioner of Michael Vick.
It’s almost Jim Crow-era justice: A black man’s life for a dog’s life.
It shows a dark part of Tucker Carlson’s heart that is chilling. What’s more disturbing is that he has a powerful platform at Fox News where he seems to fit in so well.