Never compare slaves to immigrants. That’s the lesson Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is learning the hard way.
During his inaugural address Monday to HUD staff, Carson said, “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.”
He went on to say, “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.”
And that’s all it took for Carson to be turned into minced meat by the NAACP and loud-mouthed celebrities alike.
Samuel L. Jackson delivered a tweet with his trademark foul language:
On The View, Whoopi Goldberg offered to give Carson a “history book” to inform him that slaves weren’t immigrants because an immigrant comes to a new country in search of a better life:
“Were the slaves really thinking about the American dream? No, because they were thinking, ‘What the hell just happened?!’”
“How does he miss what slavery is?! How does he miss that no slave came to this country willingly?” she later added.
Selma director Ava Duvernay said, “Their dream? Not be kidnapped, tortured, raped, forced to mate, work for another's gain, torn from family + culture.”
The NAACP tweeted:
But what were all of these people’s reaction when their man in the White House, Barack Obama, said the same thing in 2015? Crickets.
Here’s what then-President Obama said:
“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.”
If that isn’t enough, here is President Obama in 2012 saying it AGAIN:
Just another example of the Left's selective outrage.