Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Ben Carson sparks fury by calling African American Immigrants Slaves that had a dream.

Critics including actor Samuel L Jackson and the NAACP have criticised Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson for the remark about slaves who were captured, taken to America and forced into labour against their will.
The failed presidential candidate - who has been in the job for less than a week - made the reference as he addressed department employees for the first time in Washington, DC, on Monday.
A clip of the remark quickly made its way around the internet, where Carson, 65, a retired neurosurgeon originally from Detroit, was blasted by fellow African Americans and the descendants of slaves.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson delivers his address to staff
Carson told his staff: "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."
An incredulous Samuel L Jackson wrote on Twitter: "OK!! Ben Carson....I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAF**** PLEASE!!!"
The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) seemed just as stunned, tweeting: "Immigrants???"
Another Twitter user wrote: "Those who came here 'in the bottom of slave ships' were not 'immigrants' nor IN PURSUIT of their 'dreams and opportunity'.
"They were people forcibly enslaved by other people who denied their humanity. Stop romanticizing human bondage & atrocity."

Carson has been in the high-profile job for less than a week
Author and filmmaker Tariq Nasheed added: "Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came over here & worked for less. By 'came' you mean FORCED and by 'less' you mean NOTHING ."
Chelsea Clinton, whose mother, Hillary, lost to Trump in last November's election, wrote: "This can't be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017."
Carson sought the Republican presidential nomination but suspended his campaign after Super Tuesday in March 2016 after failing to win any primaries.
He later endorsed Trump for president.
Carson was a controversial pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as he has never held public office before and critics argued he doesn't have the credentials or experience needed to run a federal department.
He was confirmed by the US Senate on March 2.

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