I am channeling the reaction that I have when people minimize the Holocaust with senseless comparisons.
Tucker Carlson has made the inevitable comparison between the new segregations of Americans on the grounds of vaccination status and the old segregation of Americans for racial differences.
There is nothing “inevitable” about the comparison and the plural of segregation is segregation. Furthermore, the comparison is intellectually dishonest. Something that McClean is incapable of understanding.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, “pretty much everybody agreed that segregation was the worst thing this country ever did,” Tucker Carlson told his audience on Tuesday
“Forcing certain categories of citizens into separate, lesser accommodations, barring them from public places, treating them like lepers or untouchables: that was completely immoral and wrong,” the Fox News host continued.
Nevertheless, “the very same people” who have condemned segregation “are now enforcing segregation,” Carlson charged.
“Just this morning the New York Times informed us that unless you can prove you’ve taken the injection that the Democratic Party demands you take, you are no longer permitted in bars, comedy clubs, even some dance competitions, in the state of New York,” he observed. “You’re too dirty to appear in public. You’re not welcome near normal people.”
I am trying to decide who is the more mindless idiot: Tucker Carlson for making this comparison? Dorothy Cummings McLean? Or Tucker Carlson’s audience of MAGA morons and Qanon conspiracy theorists for eating up this nonsense?
To cut to the chase, requiring vaccines in the midst of a pandemic is a form of medical quarantine. It is designed to keep the general public safe from the fools who refuse to get vaccinated. People have an absolute right to want to be protected from potentially infectious idiots.
“People who make the comparison between segregation and vaccine requirements are racists per se.”
Vaccine requirements are not based upon an immutable trait that is being discriminated against. Furthermore, requiring vaccines has a reasonable rationale supported by science. Moreover, if people choose not to be vaccinated then they are choosing some exclusion.
Segregation was based upon racism. Black people were considered inferior because of their skin color. In some ways it was Southern retribution for the death of slavery in America.
The victims of racism — Black people — made no choices that operated to include them in the victimized group. There was nothing that Black citizens could do to be excluded from the group.
Unlike medical quarantines, segregation did not make any other group safer. It simply enforced the notion that white people were superior. At the same time segregation was designed to make Black people subservient to white people.
Tucker Carlson is the same idiot who claimed that masks were bad because the holes in the mask are larger than the virus. While that is true, it is irrelevant. Masks control the transmission agent of the virus. Coughs, for example, atomize water droplets containing the virus. Those droplets are larger than the holes in the mask.
Try putting a mask over a water tap. You will rapidly appreciate just how much the mask restrictions transmission of fluids.
Carlson will give a platform to any crackpot to create needless controversy. He will do so regardless of how bigoted or potentially harmful the crackpot it. (in the linked instance, it was anti-trans warrior Michelle Cretella.)
People who make the comparison between segregation and vaccine requirements are racists per se. They demonstrate an astounding lack of sensitivity to racism. Come to think of it, they demonstrate an astounding lack of common sense.
It is apparent that Tucker Carlson is willing to say just about anything if he thinks it will gain him some attention. It is also apparent that the ownership and management of Fox are willing to air just about anything, no matter how reckless.