HUD Secretary Carson Says Black Slaves Were Immigrants

Ben Carson: Slaves Were “Immigrants”

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The fact remains: Ben Carson is unqualified for the position he currently holds. Sure, he was a brain surgeon. Ascending to such an esteemed profession – especially from a disadvantaged background – is no small feat. But his medical prowess notwithstanding, Carson holds bizarre world views and has clearly displayed an ignorance of basic government functions and economic concepts over the past two years.

While Democrats were busy fighting against the even more unqualified among Trump’s cabinet appointees – including the clueless Besty DeVos – congress ushered Carson into his new role as secretary of housing and urban development.

In one of his first big appearances as HUD secretary, Carson referred to slaves brought over from Africa as “immigrants” in comments before HUD staff. This rhetorically problematic assertion elicited criticism from a number of public figures.

His rather off-point remarks imply that there was any agency at all in the forced relocation of slaves to what is now the United States.


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.

Among the most fiercest takedowns came from Samuel L. Jackson, whose consternation was so immense he was – er – evidently speechless:

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