By Jesse B. Valbrun | 7:08 PM, March 6th, 2017
Ben Carson made his debut as secretary of Housing and Urban Development monday, delivering a speech which included the novice refering to African slaves as immigrants. Carson argued that those victimized by the slave trade best illustrated the American “can do” attitude, also opting to mischaracterize slaves as immigrants who came to the United States with very little and worked very hard.
“That’s what America is about,” Carson said. “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.”
Maybe the former neurosurgeon simply forgot to mention, or recognize that the motive for most of this labor was like…not being killed, whipped, raped, ripped away from their family etc. Additionally, maybe the former presidential candidate is ignorant in regards to the symantical difference between the word “slave” (involuntary laborer) and “immigrant” (one who voluntarily migrates from one nation to another, often to create a better life).
As should be expected, twitter reacted swiftly. One tweet in particular, made by actor Samuel L. Jackson, may have summed up the collective consciousness of common sensers worldwide:
Other honorable mentions from the twittosphere were brought to us by the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Whoopie Goldberg and Tariq Nasheed among others:
This isn’t the first time Ben Carson has employed the use of slavery to impassion listeners of his mono-toned oral delivery, as he once claimed that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen in the United States since slavery. Hyberbolic much?
Anywho, the Senate approved Carson, a neurosurgeon with no experience in housing policy, to the job last week. This will likely be the first of many silly things to come out of Uncle Carson’s mouth. Not making ridiculous comments isn’t rocket science….or braon surgery 🤗🙃.
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