Ben Carson released a statement on Monday night after being completely dragged, attacked and berated for insinuating that slaves were immigrants who wanted a better life.
In a lengthy Facebook post, the Secretary for Department of Housing and Urban Development not only clarified his comments, but then decided to give a full historical account about slavery — a topic he clearly had zero knowledge about while addressing employees of the department earlier in the day.
“I’m proud of the courage and perseverance of Black Americans and their incomprehensible struggle from slavery to freedom. I’m proud that our ancestors overcame the evil and repression that we know as slavery,” he wrote.
He explained, “The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences. Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders.”
“The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities. We continue to live with that legacy,” Carson wrote.
He continued, “The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten, as we demand the necessary progress towards an America that’s inclusive and provides access to equal opportunity for all.”
The politician concluded, “We should revel in the fact that although we got here through different routes, we have many things in common now that should unite us in our mission to have a land where there is liberty and justice for all.”
What he didn’t do, however, was apologize for how his remarks were taken.
In case you missed it, the neurosurgeon said on Monday morning: “There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who 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.”