“Ben Carson blunders when referring to slaves as immigrants” writes Dana Jones, a student columnist at the University of Houston in today’s Cougar, the school’s student newspaper.
Jones criticized Ben Carson for referring to slaves as immigrants, when he was making a point about the struggles people face coming to the United States. However, it has been revealed that President Obama himself made this comparison several times before, without much reaction.
In 2015, for example, Obama said “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,”.
However, that is not even the most misleading part of the editorial. Jones writes sarcastically, ”
Carson isn’t a real estate mogul, a realtor or an architect. He’s not even an interior designer. He is a neurosurgeon. It would make more sense for him to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Carson does possess a special attribute that could make it appear he would have the ability to carry out this position properly. It is all in his blackness, but not just any blackness: token blackness” (emphasis mine).
What does Jones mean by this? It’s obvious; “Trump’s rhetoric left him without major support among the black community, so this is an attempt to lessen their stigma toward him. To Trump, blackness is synonymous with “urban,” so he assigned Carson to take HUD’s reins. Carson hails from impoverished Detroit, so he was the perfect nominee.”
For more examples of the similarities in the statements, check out this video created by Washington Free Beacon: