After the education secretary’s stupid remarks about how black colleges were excellent examples of school choice during the Jim Crow era, you’d have thought that the orange menace’s administration would have sent a memo to it’s cabinet chiefs saying “Ix-nay on the ack-blay.”
Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as Housing and Urban Development Secretary, setting off an uproar on social media.
In what appears to be an embarrassing pattern of mis-steps on race for the Trump administration, Carson told a room packed with hundreds of federal workers that the Africans captured, sold and transported to America against their will had the same hopes and dreams as early immigrants.
“That’s what America is about. 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,” said Carson, speaking extemporaneously as he paced the room with a microphone. “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.”
OK, let’s deal with a certain flaw in this logic:
The early slaves weren’t thinking about prosperity and happiness. They were facing abuse, torture and murder. And that’s what they expected for their children, because before the civil war, there was no hope for freedom.