Ben Carson. Pic courtesy: CNN

Slaves Were ‘Immigrants’ According To Ben Carson.

Ben Carson. Pic courtesy: CNN
Ben Carson. Pic courtesy: CNN

Ben Carson courts controversy, but this takes the biscuit.

Mr Ben Carson said this yesterday:

“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.”

Then I picked up my remote control and hit the ‘rewind’ button 10 times and it was the same message. Yep, I heard right the first time.

Ok, I won’t be jumping up and down, losing my rag and laying into Ben Carson like so many other people of colour have. No, I won’t be doing that.

But, I would like to ask him one simple question…. what are you smoking? and can I have some of it? Well that’s 2 questions, but who cares right? Because in one grandstanding statement Ben Carson has relegated slavery to mere immigration and by doing so, he’s saying slavery never existed. Really?

Ben Carson has just said, every person of colour brought into America “at the bottom of slave ships” was an immigrant….. and they too had dreams. That’s right, every immigrant brought into America against their will also had the ‘American Dream’. I’m not making this up, go watch the video yourself.

Ben Carson courts controversy, that’s fine, that’s on him. I also know everyone has a right to an opinion (so cliché) but I do not appreciate him or anybody for that matter downgrading, relegating, diluting, editing, remastering or rubbishing the existence of slavery.

While some of us don’t wallow in self-pity or throw the race card at every corner, it is important to remember that history actually did happen. Slavery DID happen, and all the slaves taken from Africa were taken against their will (immigrants choose to move to a new land). They were NOT immigrants and they DID NOT have the American dream when being taken to America at the bottom of slave ships.

Anyway, that’s just my opinion. This is what my man Samuel L Jackson had to say about it:

Samuel L Jackson's reaction to Ben Carson.
Samuel L Jackson’s reaction to Ben Carson.

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