Dr. Ben Carson quickly became a household name when he ran for President of the United States.
However, when he withdrew his name from the presidential race he was one of the first people to endorse President Trump. Recently, that endorsement paid off when President Trump appointed Dr. Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
On Monday, Dr. Ben Carson gave his first speech to hundreds of HUD employees. The theme of his speech was about America being viewed as a "land of dreams and opportunity."
It was during that speech that Dr. Carson referenced slavery and immigration.
“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson said. “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,”
Critics took to social media to call Dr. Carson's comparison between slave and immigrants racially insensitive and over the line. According to The New York Times, Whoopi Goldberg recommended Dr. Carson needs to re-watch the television show "roots", the popular sitcom centered on slavery.
The Housing and Urban Development issued a statement defending Dr. Carson by saying, "This is the most cynical interpretation of the secretary's remarks to an army of welcoming HUD employees. No one honestly believes he equates voluntary immigration with involuntary servitude!"
Dr. Carson also went on to qualify his words saying even though you are a slave, you can still be an involuntary immigrant.
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