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Tucker Carlson Unleashes Racist Broadside on Fox News Against Latino Immigrants

"This is more change than human beings are designed to digest," he said.

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Tucker Carlson broadcast a segment of his show this week meant to rattle and scare Americans about rising "demographic changes," delivering a racist monologue implying that living with Latino immigrants is an intrinsic burden. 

He pointed to a National Geographic article focusing on the town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which recently underwent a major demographic shift when its population went from majority non-Hispanic white to majority Latino. 

"That's bewildering for people," Carlson said. "No nation, no society has ever changed this much, this fast."

He continues: "It doesn't matter how nice the immigrants are. They probably are nice. Most immigrants are nice! That's not the point. The point is: This is more change than human beings are designed to digest. This pace of change makes societies volatile. Really volatile. Just as ours has become volatile."

In other words, even though immigrants are nice, they're a problem. Why? Because they're different. 

The United States has gone undergone similar periods of demographic change before. Immigration rates in the late 1800s were as high or higher than they are now. The big problem then, as now, was racism against the immigrants, which resulted in the bigoted Chinese Exclusion Act.

It's true that when societies change, sometimes it makes people uncomfortable. The responsible thing to do is to remind people that the vast majority of immigrants are decent, hardworking people, and that there's no reason people of different ethnic backgrounds can't get along. 

Immigration can also help revitalize and enliven struggling communities, so it is a boon for immigrants and for the native residents. As National Geographic notes, Hazleton was a declining coal town before its population started rebounding, thanks to the Hispanic people who moved in.

Giving in to fearmongers like Carlson would leave everyone worse off.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.