Ben Carson Calls Slaves ‘Immigrants’

Ben Carson‘s first address as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to employees drew tons of criticism Monday when he compared slaves brought to the U.S. to immigrants.

“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships,” he said. “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.”

Carson’s comments immediately went viral and enraged many.

Carson attempted to clarify his comments in a Facebook post Monday evening:

“Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders,” he said. “The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities. We continue to live with that legacy.”

He added: “The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten.”

Ben Carson attempted to defend his comments Tuesday morning on GMA.


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