Ben Carson made a grave blunder as he gave his first speech to Housing and Urban Development agency employees in what was his debut as the US secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The new boss while addressing the agency employees was trying to expound on the virtues of an optimistic American society. He said that such virtues were best exemplified by slaves, whom he characterised as immigrants who came to the United States with very little and worked very hard to work their way up.
According to the brilliant surgeon turned politician;
“There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who 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,”
“And do you know of all the nations in the world, this one, the United States of America, is the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people to realize their dream. And this is our opportunity to enhance that dream,”
It would not be the first time that Ben Carson spoke of slavery in the most laughable terms. Back in 2013, Carson had referred to the Obama administration’s landmark health care law as the worst thing since slavery. According to him;
“You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery, and it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
He also compared abortion to slavery in an interview with NBC during his 2016 presidential run. A lot of Americans were not pleased with Ben Carson’s recent comments and they voiced their displeasure and disbelief on social media platforms. Actor Samuel L. Jackson had this to say about it:
“OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom”
Carson’s unfortunate comparison overshadowed the rest of his speech and he found himself defending his comments in an interview with SiriusXM’s “Urban View,” arguing that a person “can be an involuntary immigrant.” He told host Armstrong Williams;
“Whether you are voluntary or involuntary, if you come from outside to the inside, you’re an immigrant. Whether you’re legal or you’re illegal, you come from the outside to the inside, you’re an immigrant. Slaves came here as involuntary immigrants, but they still had the strength to hold on.”
He, however, put up a statement on Facebook Monday night, saying the “slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences.”