Fox News’s Tucker Carlson devoted his Tuesday night monologue to the horrific kidnapping and killing of Eliza Fletcher in Memphis, Tennessee; a city he says was a much different place 100 years ago but is now unrecognizable and fraught with danger.
In a country that has grown much too accepting of violent crime, Carlson said a great many people insist there are rules for living in a dangerous world and that Eliza Fletcher broke them. That is, there are rules for would-be victims, not for criminals.
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“Memphis was one of the richest, best-organized cities in the country. It had a booming economy. It had beautiful municipal parks, a lot of them, more than 100. It had one of the most modern sanitation systems in the world, something we take for granted now. When yellow fever was real, no one took it for granted,” he began.
“Memphis was such a big deal that it, in fact, was the informal capital of an entire American region, the Mississippi Delta, but not anymore. In fact, by last year, if you went to Memphis, it was hard to believe that any of that had ever been true at any point, because by that point and now, Memphis had become a husk and a highly threatening one,” he observed.
“In 2021, according to federal statistics, Memphis, Tennessee, was the most dangerous city in the United States. Last year, it recorded a total of 342 murders.”
“After graduating from college, Fletcher moved back to Memphis. Both sides of the family had lived there for more than 100 years. She married a man she’d met in church. He grew up there too and they had two little boys.”
“Meanwhile, in Memphis, seven miles across the city, lived a man called Cleotha Abston. Like Eliza Fletcher, Abston also grew up in the city of Memphis, but he could not have been a more different sort of person. Judging from his long public record, Cleotha Abston devoted his life to preying on people weaker than he was.”
“Cleotha Abston was a predator. He was an evil man. At a young age, Abston was arrested for, among many, many other things, stealing, aggravated assault, weapons charges, carjacking and rape. In 2000, he was convicted of kidnapping a local attorney at gunpoint downtown and forcing him into the trunk of his own car.
“He was released years before the end of his prison sentence. Nor was he in any way since reformed by his experience behind bars. Abston was well known in his apartment complex as of last week for his sexual aggression and his perversity. He terrified his neighbors, but no one from any part of the justice system seems to have intervened.”
Using surveillance video, police arrested the suspected kidnapper on Saturday. He remained silent until Fletcher’s body was found and DNS evidence connected him to Fletcher’s disappearance and murder.
There are the usual factions of left-wing misanthropes who blame the victim in cities where violent crime is rampant. Those cities are almost universally managed by leftist Democrats.
Carlson mocked the media and those detractors who routinely place the criminal above the victim.
“‘Why are we paying so much attention to the kidnapping of an attractive, privileged White woman? That’s racist.’ Others seem to blame Fletcher for the atrocity committed against her. ‘Why was she jogging at that hour, anyway? In Memphis? Come on.‘”
“The point they’re making was clear: Everyone knows the rules. Eliza Fletcher violated those rules. You can’t go outside in certain hours in certain places in America, obviously, and if you do, if you violate the rules, you run the risk of being raped and murdered. That’s how things work in this country. So, adapt. Accept it. Move on.”
“An American citizen should be able to live or walk anywhere in America without being raped or murdered for it, period. That is the baseline requirement for civilization. It’s called order. But increasingly, that is not what we have. What we have is a country where you just can’t go some places. You’re not wanted there and it’s too dangerous for you to go. Most people accept this by default, but we should never accept this under any circumstances. To accept something is to concede that it is more or less normal.”
Carlson concluded, “Once we acknowledge something as normal, whether it’s children being castrated in the name of trans rights or women being murdered by rapists who should have been in prison but weren’t because equity, once we accept that as normal, we are stuck with it forever. It is the new status quo. It will never change except to get worse.”
“The good people who lived in Memphis a century ago would never believe what has happened to the city they built. They would weep if they saw it. That will be the experience of every American before long,” Carlson said. “Our entire country will be Memphis if we don’t put a stop to this insanity right now with as much force as is required.”
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