Tucker laments “what happened” in post-apartheid South Africa

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Tucker Carlson moaned on Tuesday about “what has happened in South Africa over the past 29 years – a clear reference to the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s president in 1994.

Carlson began his show Tuesday by criticizing recent U.S. legislation introduced by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) that was designed to counter “white supremacy” — by criminalizing certain forms of hate speech. Carlson cited the fact that the bill only targets hate speech directed at nonwhites to claim it is a “direct attack on the Bill of Rights.”

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“However, we should not be surprised at this, because it corresponds to what [President] Biden has promised… since the day he took office,” lamented the TBEN host, before turning his gaze to how this law would erode the rule of law in Western countries.

“And the promise was that racial blind justice, which has been the basis of the rule of law in the West for centuries, is being done,” Carlson said. The “new model”, he claimed, is South Africa: “A country we never talk about because nobody wants to admit what has happened there in the last 29 years.”

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The period Carlson mentions coincides exactly with the official end of South Africa’s racial segregation program called apartheid, which came in 1994 after years of negotiations.

Despite his claim that mainstream commentators have ignored the effectiveness of South Africa’s post-apartheid system of government, Tuesday was not the first time Carlson has slammed the African nation on TBEN airwaves.

In 2018, he delivered a segment about a proposed land expropriation plan, saying it amounted to the government stealing from white farmers “because they are the wrong skin color”.

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But experts told The everyday beast in hindsight that Carlson’s portrayal of the proposal, which caught the attention of then-President Donald Trump, was inconsistent with reality.