Is Ben Carson’s immigrants/slave speech, simply a clever diversion tactic to get your attention away from what’s really going on in Trump administration or does he actually believe what he is saying?
Typically we like to keep the conversation light around here. We might talk about a dope fade, 360 waves or show you some new cool tech toy we think our guys would like but we had to take a break to address this Ben Carson debacle. Before we share our opinion we want to make it clear that when we first heard this story we collectively had one thought initially…”that negro done lost his damb mind.”
In case you have been living under a rock, let us recap. Ben Carson who is the new secretary of Hud and Housing Development started his week in his new role with an epic speech.
The 40-minute speech that was supposed to be about the hopes and dreams of living in the United states and he was doing well until he tried to make the point that slaves were like immigrants, having a dream that one day they would have prosperity in ‘this land’.
Via the NY Times:
Mr. Carson turned his attention to slavery after describing photographs of poor immigrants displayed at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. These new arrivals worked long hours, six or seven days a week, with little pay, he said. And before them, there were slaves.
“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’’ he said. “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.”
We have a theory on this, we do not think Ben could have possibly believed the words that came out of his mouth, a black man that should be one of the most brilliant men on the planet could not possibly be that confused, there had to be more to it. After reading and listening to all the opinions, some digging at his character and some in support of him, our theory is that Ben is simply the ultimate distraction.
At the end of the day even if you think Ben had a moment of temporary insanity on that stage the facts of the discussion remain the same. Slaves are not immigrants, it’s just a historical fact, one that no black man with slave ancestry can justify in any format.
After Twitter read him for filth and Samuel Jackson told him off, the good doctor took to Facebook in an attempt to clarify his comments on March 6th:
I’m proud of the courage and perseverance of Black Americans and their incomprehensible struggle from slavery to freedom. I’m proud that our ancestors overcame the evil and repression that we know as slavery.
The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences. Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders.
The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities. We continue to live with that legacy.
The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten, as we demand the necessary progress towards an America that’s inclusive and provides access to equal opportunity for all.
We should revel in the fact that although we got here through different routes, we have many things in common now that should unite us in our mission to have a land where there is liberty and justice for all.
Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of HUD
Those words are much different from what he said on the stage, and corroborate exactly the point we are trying to make. Ben is no fool!
In recent days as his very character started to get questioned he posted an article written in an attempt to justify his comments making the point that Obama said the same thing back in 2015 but did not receive quite the backlash.
This was what Obama said:
“And perhaps, like some of you, these new arrivals might have had some moments of doubt, wondering if they had made a mistake in leaving everything and everyone they ever knew behind. So life in America was not always easy. It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants.
Certainly it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily, and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves. There was discrimination and hardship and poverty.
But, like you, they no doubt found inspiration in all those who had come before them. And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more.”
Similar indeed! The truth is we are splitting hairs on some facts that require no argument! Black folk came to this country involuntarily stacked on top of one another sold into something they did not ask for. Ben Carson knows that but his articulation of the facts leave much to be desired.
Ben and his speech are non-factors in the grand scheme of things, a rabbit hole of thoughts that delay our focus on what we really need to be thinking about. In other words whether his words were intentional or not, Ben’s speech while controversial is minute in comparison to the daily assault we are getting from the Trump administration from every direction.
Word of advice Ben! If you are going to be a puppet for Orange in chief, leave the slave narrative alone you will never get it right even when you should. Now lets get focused!