Ben Carson under fire for calling slaves ‘immigrants,’ wild claims about brain
Ben Carson’s first day as Housing and Urban Development secretary drew widespread criticism when he compared slaves to “immigrants.”
“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,” Carson told HUD employees Monday.
The comparison during remarks about American ideals was immediately skewered on social media.
“Immigrants???” the NAACP responded incredulously on Twitter.
“Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAF—- PLEASE!!!” actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted.
“Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came over here & worked for less. By “came” you mean FORCED and by “less” you mean NOTHING,” Tariq Nasheed, an anti-racism advocate, added.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Carson was previously criticized in 2013 for another controversial remark about slavery. He called the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
But that wasn’t the former brain surgeon’s only misstep Monday.
The Washington Post reports Carson also made a wild claim that a patient can be zapped into remembering a book read in 1957, while trying to make a point about the capabilities of the human brain.
“It remembers everything you’ve ever seen. Everything you’ve ever heard. 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. And they would be able to recite back to you, verbatim, a book they read 60 years ago. It’s all there. It doesn’t go away. You just have to learn how to recall it.”
School children believe ‘all immigrants will be sent home’ after Brexit anti-racism charity says
The shocking level of racism displayed the region’s schoolchildren has been laid bare by charity Show Racism the Red Card.
Some primary school children believe that ‘immigrants will be sent home’ because of Brexit, the charity has revealed.
In some lessons run by the anti-racism organisation children have drawn English Defence League logos and told teachers that they think the UK is being ‘taken over’ by immigrants who ‘only want council houses’.
Laura Pidcock, North East education manager for Show Racism the Red Card, spoke about the views they come across ahead of Hate Crime Awareness week.
She said: “One child said ‘Miss you don’t need to come here and teach us this because we voted to leave so they’re all going home now,’ at the beginning of the lesson.
“There has been a shift, racism has always existed but there is a move to an openly anti-muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.”
Trump’s New Ad Is The Worst General Election ‘Dog Whistle’ In Nearly 30 Years
Donald Trump’s last stand is — like everything Trump has done since he birthered his way into conservative politics — all about winning over white people.
Even his recent, sour attempts to win over black voters by trafficking in offensive racial stereotypes to white audiences in white suburbs are about getting the 62 percent or so of the white vote he’d need to be competitive in November.
While Trump’s use of racism is obvious to anyone who has an ounce empathy for those suffering the brunt of the attacks, it is also generally careful.
“Trump pushes the boundaries of acceptable racial speech, but still carefully uses language that allows his ardent followers to reassure themselves that they are not motivated by racism,” UC Berkeley law professor Ian Haney-López writes in a must-read analysis for The Nation “This Is How Trump Convinces His Supporters They’re Not Racist.”
Plausible deniability is critical to keeping him competitive in a national election.
Trump’s appeal to white voters is split much the same way Trump’s campaign is now split by its two new leaders: chief executive officer Steve Bannon, the publisher of a far-white website, and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a somewhat more mainstream Republican pollster.
Bannon will crank out the dank appeals to white fear while Conway will help hide the implicit racism in those appeals from the campaign’s most important audience — potential Trump voters. Or potential viewers of Trump TV.
Trump’s first ad of the general election season demonstrates how far his campaign is willing to go to cause what Haney-López calls “racial panic.”