Recently, these remarks by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson caused liberals to break out into hives:
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.
Did you catch the horribly offensive thing he said? He called slaves "immigrants." Yesterday, TruthRevolt's Trey Sanchez described the hysteria this caused.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted, "OK!! Ben Carson....I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom." Whoopi Goldberg said “Were the slaves really thinking about the American dream? No, because they were thinking, ‘What the hell just happened?!’” The NAACP tweeted, "Immigrants???"
But Sanchez also pointed out that President Barack Obama used the same language to describe slaves waaaaaaaay back in 2012:
“Certainly, it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves," he said.
JustOneMinute gave another historical example:
John Kennedy, a name still familiar to Democrats and progressives, wrote a pamphlet in 1958 titled "A Nation Of Immigrants". Later (8/4/1963) it became a NY Times guest editorial. In his usage, everyone (except Native Americans) is an immigrant from somewhere else.
Snopes, a popular online debunking site that many presume to be objective but which is actually leftist, tackled this issue... in a post called, "Did Ben Carson Liken Slavery to Immigration?"
Ever wonder who's fact checking the fact checkers? Because Snopes came down with a "guilty" verdict on Carson, in a condescending post that included an explanation of what an "immigrant" is. Gee, thanks, Snopes. Did you also helpfully provide the historical context about Kennedy, Obama, and others who did the same thing? No, you just scolded a black man for not being sensitive to racial issues and called it a day.
JustOneMinute goes on to say, "Maybe Ben Carson is more familiar than the Snopes team with the viewpoint adopted by JFK and echoed through the years down to Obama."