HUD Secretary Ben Carson Thinks African Slaves Were "Immigrants With A Dream"

First, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said HBCU's were pioneers in "school choice" and today (March 6), Uncle Ben Carson asserted that slaves were "immigrants" who "had a dream".

"That's what America is about".

The secretary was addressing the federal workers at his department in Washington as well as employees in HUD offices throughout the country.

Carson occasionally stumbled as a Republican presidential candidate, such as when he said he did not believe a Muslim should be president.

"Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came over here & worked for less".

Actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted his dismay with Carson. He then went on to call slaves involuntarily brought over in slave ships as "immigrants".

A Housing and Urban Development Department spokesman later attempted to quell the controversy, calling it "the most cynical interpretation of the secretary's remarks to an army of welcoming HUD employees". I could take the oldest person here, make a little hole right here on the side of the head", Carson said while pointing at his left temple, "and put some depth electrodes into their hippocampus and stimulate.

"If you think Ben Carson's slaves are immigrants comments are bad just wait until somebody tells him to finish this and says 'Raindrops.'" Charlamagne Tha God also wrote. "Slaves came here as involuntary immigrants".

In the Trump administration's latest blunder on race, Carson suggested that the African slaves pulled from their families and sold into involuntary servitude had comparable dreams to those of early immigrants.

'A land of dreams and opportunity.

After the vast backlash, Carson attempted to clarify his comments in a statement posted on Facebook. 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. "We continue to live with that legacy", Carson wrote. "The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten", read the statement, in part.

  • Larry Hoffman