strength in numbers

Dear Tucker Carlson: Our diversity is our strength, as these 8 LGBTQ icons testify

Fox News host Tucker Carlson ranted about diversity on the September 7 episode of his show, decrying how politicians from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton have all lauded diversity as one of America’s greatest strengths.

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“How, precisely, is diversity our strength?” the conservative commentator whinged. “Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it. Can you think, for example, of other institutions such as, I don’t know, marriage or military units in which the less people have in common, the more cohesive they are? Do you get along better with your neighbors, your co-workers if you can’t understand each other or share no common values?”

Critics and social media users were quick to set Carlson straight — pointing out how American history is full of immigrant innovators, how both social capital theory and evolutionary science support diversity, and how even Donald Trump’s own attorney Rudy Guiliani has praised diversity as a strength.

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Because Carlson needs more enlightening, here’s what 8 LGBTQ icons have said on the topic:

1. Audre Lorde

In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

2. George Takei

We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.

3. Leslie Feinberg

We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together.

4. Ani DiFranco

Cause I know there is strength / In the differences between us / I know there is comfort / Where we overlap.

5. Anderson Cooper

Anytime you stop and talk to somebody and you learn about them, you start to walk in their shoes a little bit and you see things through a different lens.

6. Billy Jean King

It’s just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let’s start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.

7. Dustin Lance Black

In our difference we are great and in our combined differences we are unbeatable … Continue to lead with that hope that says, locked arm and arm with our beautiful differences, we can succeed, we can thrive, and we can make this a more beautiful nation, a more beautiful world for all, not despite our differences, but thank God for them.

8. Bayard Rustin

You have to join every other movement for the freedom of all people.

Finally, we’ll leave you with TV writer Jess Dweck: Someone needs to tell Tucker Carlson that the greatest argument for diversity is Tucker Carlson.