On the April 8 edition of his Fox Nation program, Tucker Carlson hosted University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Amy Wax for a discussion about her views on diversity initiatives in academia, during which she accused Black people and “Third World” immigrants of harboring “resentment and shame and envy” against Western people for their “outsized achievements and contributions.”
Wax has been on the receiving end of public criticism regarding a series of comments she’s made on race and culture. In a 2017 op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wax had argued that “all cultures are not equal. Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy.” Wax singled out certain groups, including “Blacks” and Hispanics for not conforming to what she described as “bourgeois” and “free-market” cultural values.
In subsequent interviews, Wax had doubled down on her assessment, stating that immigrants are attracted to “countries ruled by white Europeans” and affirming that she did not shrink away from describing those countries and cultures as “superior.”
More recently, Wax appeared on the podcast of Brown University professor Glenn Loury, during which she incorrectly claimed that she’d never seen a Black Pennsylvania Law student graduate at the “top quarter” of their class. In a subsequent defense of her interview, Wax argued that “the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.”
On Tucker Carlson Today, Wax once again defended her position as the two discussed her Loury interview. While defending her claim about Black students, Wax called affirmative action a “poison” infecting the well of academia.
Shortly after, Wax claimed that efforts to foster diversity and inclusion were the result of “Blacks” and other “non-Western” groups harboring “resentment and shame and envy” against Western people for their “outsized achievements and contributions.”
Wax then attacked Indian immigrants for criticizing racism in the U.S. when “their country is a shithole” and went on to say, “The role of envy and shame in the way that the Third World regards the First World is underestimated ... and it creates ingratitude of the most monstrous kind.”
Correction (4/12/22): This piece originally misspelled the name of the Philadelphia Inquirer.