On Monday, while speaking in front of workers of Housing and Urban Development for the first time, Department Secretary Ben Carson compared today’s immigrants in search of a better life to the victims of American slavery.
After stating his desires to turn the United States into a “can-do society” and calling America “a land of dreams and opportunity”, Carson was attempting to confirm that even those brought to America as slaves years ago had dreams of achieving the American dream. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” Carson said.
Carson continued in his speech, saying “But [slaves], too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
Still, many jumped on Twitter over Carson’s words, slamming him for mentioning slaves and immigrants in the same sentence.
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
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson saying slaves are immigrants is like saying chickens are employees at KFC.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 6, 2017
During a talk with HUD workers, Ben Carson referred to slaves as “Immigrants.”
It sounds like this guy’s pyramid is missing a few grains.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 6, 2017
This can’t be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017. https://t.co/8CuUvnR2Mf
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 6, 2017
— Neville DeAngelou (@nevdeangelou) March 7, 2017
Ben Carson is from a different planet. Slaves didn’t migrate here, they were stolen and sold into slavery. Everyone knows that fact.
— Carl Davenport, Jr (@crlbe) March 6, 2017
Slaves were immigrants? In search of the American Dream? Ben Carson, what a delusional statement about ppl KIDNAPPED & FORCED INTO SLAVERY.
— Marcia D (@marciad216) March 6, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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