Ben Carson Just Referred To Slaves As ‘Immigrants’ Looking For A Better Future
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson had a talk with his department employees on Monday where he talked about slavery, saying that slaves were “immigrants” that came to America for a better life.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
He then added, “but they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
Ben Carson at HUD: “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.” pic.twitter.com/VfH9YCbleM
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Carson had also compared slavery to abortion during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to the slave,” Carson told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in October of 2015.
“What if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do?’ ” added Carson, who opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest.