Ben Carson delivered a rambling, at times incoherent speech during his very first meeting with gathered employees at the Housing and Urban Development agency which he now runs. Carson’s speech was bursting with references to creationism, a 5 minute tangent about a girl with a brain injury, and a bizarre lecture about how the brain works. Much of it revolved around Carson’s expertise in religion and medicine, which makes sense because he doesn’t know anything about housing.
Things went off the deep end, however, when he got decided to talk about slavery. For some reason.
During his tangent about the brain, Carson pivoted to an offensive reference to slaves which he described as “immigrants” who longed to watch their children “prosper” in the country that had kidnapped them from their homes, moved them across an ocean and forced them to work for nothing under torture and death.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
As one Twitter user put it, this needs to be seen to be believed:
Ben Carson just referred to *slaves* as “immigrants”
“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships…” pic.twitter.com/WkFrm3dYCB
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 6, 2017
This isn’t the first time Carson has had questionably opinions about American history when it comes to racism. In 2013, Carson called the Affordable Care Act the “worst thing since slavery,” and claimed being forced to get health insurance was akin to “making all of us subservient to the government” like the slaves in Antebellum.
This, from a man, who once claimed the Egyptian pyramids were made to store grain.
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