From [HERE] and [HERE] 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.
Pacing back and forth on stage, wearing a suit that was too big and sounding stroked out or slow, Carson gave a rambling speech to department staff on Monday that did not provide any insight into which policies he would pursue at HUD. Instead, Carson’s speech featured personal stories, an inaccurate description of slavery, and vague platitudes about the American entrepreneurial spirit.
In what appears to be an embarrassing pattern of missteps 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.”
His comments were broadcast live to all of HUD’s regional field offices as well as to the public.
Implicit in the notion of "early" “immigrants” however, is white people from Europe with free will. An immigrant freely leaves one country to start a new life in another. A slave is taken from one country to another against their will and treated as property.
A senior HUD official who spoke on condition of anonymity said no one in the room interpreted Carson’s comments as anything but a “heartfelt introduction to the HUD family.”
Throughout his speech, Carson referred to ensuring “fairness” for all Americans; but on closer scrutiny, he seemed to be pushing against the notion that systemic barriers are keeping people poor and that civil rights protections are necessary. The personal anecdotes that Carson related tended to focus on how he achieved success through sheer hard work and creative thinking — a lesson that he applied to anyone struggling economically.
“We have a duty to enhance fairness for everyone, and one of things you will see under my leadership is that there will be very big emphasis on fairness for everybody,” he said. “We do no favors for anybody. There are no extras for anybody.”
After Carson’s speech, Avery Jackson, a HUD investigator who enforces the Civil Rights Act of 1968, said, “I was happy to hear you say we will be vigilant in enforcing the law… I’d like to hear more about your plans for the division of fair housing and equal opportunity overall, and generally how you plan to further civil rights at HUD.”
Carson said he would be watching “to see what people are doing, and more importantly listening to what people have to say.”
He continued: “When you have divergent perspectives, if you can get those people to sit down and talk to each other they will be able to come up with extremely good solutions.” He added that people should “give first pass to people actually involved as opposed to imposing from above.” Carson said Americans are independent and will “resist you out of general principle.”
Carson then gave the example of his mother letting him and his brother make rules for their house, and said the house ran smoothly as a result. It’s unclear if Carson is saying guidance on fair housing that protects people needs to be rescinded when he talks about “extras” and “imposing from above,” or if he simply wanted another opportunity to share a childhood tale. [MORE]
Carson is the lone token Black in Trump's lilly-white whitehouse cabinet. The only other non-white person in the Trump cabinet is Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, who is Asian. Although Latinos have served in Cabinet positions in every presidential administration since 1988, there are none in the Trump administration. [MORE]
Racists Often Promote Incompetent or Unqualified Blacks To Produce Confusion & Failure.
According to Doc Blynd in FUNKTIONARY
SNigger ---a sold-out snitching-smiling Sambo-Negro. 2) a South-Bender offender. SNiggers smile for nothing except an empty mind while selling-out their own kind. They typically have an intellectual base yet are devoid of intelligence, thus promoting the on-going smiling face. They also often giggle and have a frivolous conception of society and scant knowledge of the vestiges of the trans-Atlantic slave trade that even brought their sorry-ass selves to shore. SNiggers are traitors and pawns of the downpressors. [MORE]
Sambo - a self-loathing Negro lacking self-knowledge. "A willing slave gets upset if you refuse to acknowledge his or her master. Usually when people say 'act responsibly,' what they mean is: 'cowtow to the conforming lies we call truths.'" -George Battailles. The old saying still holds true: "The value of a dollar, will never, ever drop as low as the standards of some miseducated self-hating Negroes to obtain it." (See: Sniggers, Mentacide, Self-Hate & Slavery)