Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently took fire after he made a comment describing slaves as “immigrants.” The controversial statement on Monday can be seen below:
“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
The ridicule started as soon as the HUD Secretary finished his speech. However, in December of 2015, President Obama made a comment during a naturalization ceremony that should have elicited the same response. The former president’s statement was slightly different than Carson’s in that he didn’t use the term slave.
Instead, former President Obama said, “those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily” who “in their own way were immigrants themselves.” Of course, the left will say this is nothing like Carson’s statement. The full quote from Obama via the Obama administration’s archives is found below:
“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.”
Do you think there is a connection between the two or do you think Carson was just wrong?
Credit: USA Today