Former presidential candidate and brand-new HUD Secretary Ben Carson has quite a *unique* revisionist view of history.
During a speech to HUD employees, Carson said that “immigrants” who “came here in the bottom of slave ships” as the examples of the “can-do” attitude that defines the American spirit.
“That’s what America is about,” Carson said. “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.”
Carson’s comments caused a firestorm on social media, especially on Twitter, and actor Samuel L. Jackson weighed in with his classic delivery:
OK!! Ben Carson….I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
Jackson wasn’t the only one who had trouble comprehending Carson’s take on things:
As the child of a West African immigrant & US descendant of slaves, I can't stress how wrong Ben Carson is to imply the two are the same.
— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson is from a different planet. Slaves didn't migrate here, they were stolen and sold into slavery. Everyone knows that fact.
— Carl Davenport, Jr (@crlbe) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson said obamacare and abortion were both slavery, yet he just said that slavery wasn't slavery, just immigration.
I need answers
— Deku (@DekuSean) March 6, 2017
Things Ben Carson likened to slavery:
Things he hasn't likened to slavery:
According to him, they're immigrants.
— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) March 6, 2017
Mind you Ben Carson was JUST AT the African-American History Museum and walked away thinking of the rich opportunities slavery afforded.
— MrBlifil (@MrBlifil) March 6, 2017