Some time ago I did a blogpost about politicians saying stupid things in the media. Well, it still happens today. The latest dumb remarks came from our new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson. (Personally, I think President Trump got him the job because he is black, and to him, black equals urban, like urban music.) Anyway, while addressing his HUD staff Monday, Carson said this about America's immigrant heritage:
"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. 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."
All together now: Say WHAAAAT????
The good Doctor is making it sound like black Africans were volunteering to be captured, chained, placed in the dirty bottom of a slave ship where a good number of them died, sold to white masters like livestock and treated worse than that, given long, hard working hours and little food, and seeing their families torn apart by being sold. That's the American Dream, all right!
This is worse than his remark during the Republican Presidential Nomination race that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built by Joseph in the Bible to store all that grain during the seven years of abundance to prepare for the seven years of famine. I suppose after the famine was over, then the kings of Egypt were buried there with all their riches.
Boy, did Carson get lambasted on Twitter, most notably by Samuel L. Jackson, whose tweet I cannot quote due to profanity, but he used the same bad word he used for those snakes on that plane. Then there's @1neveragain2020, who tweeted in part, "There's a couple of slang phrases for #BenCarson. The nicer one is 'Uncle Tom'." And @reneeygraham reminded us, "Slaves were no more 'immigrants' than #HBCUs were 'pioneers' of school choice," referring to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' dumb remark.
I leave you now with my cartoon portrait of Dr. Carson, that great black historian.