On Monday, Teamsters Local 237 President Gregory Floyd, NYS Assemblyman Al Taylor, and community activist Willie Walker joined together in front of Fox News Studios to denounce anchorman Tucker Carlson and his statements regarding the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year old who killed two protesters and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as they rallied against the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police seven times in the back as he opened the door of his vehicle where his children awaited.
“Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?” Carlson said during his show last week. “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”
“As the president of the Local 237, the largest local in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I speak for the 24,000 members of the Local 237, largely essential workers, who are finding it increasingly difficult and at times like these, impossible, to stomach the lies that are coming from so many corners of this country,” said Floyd, in calling for the anchor’s firing. “Tucker Carlson has been spinning racist webs of dangerous lies and deceit for too long and it’s time for it to come to an end. Justifying homeland terrorism is nothing more than reviving the violent uprisings of the past and placing them in our present. But this is a different time and we won’t stand for it. “
Workers’ World Today is a free publication that empowers all workers, regardless of social or political affiliations. Distributed throughout New York City, our paper has a mission to educate workers and provide them with relevant information pertinent to the workforce such as workers’ compensation, discrimination on the job, workers’ rights, and more.