Samuel L. Jackson Blasts Carson’s Slavery comment
Actor Samuel L. Jackson blasted Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson on Monday for describing slaves as “immigrants.”
“OK!! Ben Carson…I can’t,” he tweeted. “Immigrants? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! M—-F—- PLEASE!!!”
Carson earlier Monday referred to slaves as “immigrants” dreaming of a better life while talking with HUD employees.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” he said. “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 [and] great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
Jackson was not alone in criticizing Carson’s remarks. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton also voiced disbelief earlier Monday.
“This can’t be real,” tweeted Clinton, whose mother, Hillary Clinton, was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. “Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017.”
Monday’s remarks were not the first time Carson, who competed in last year’s GOP presidential primaries, has made questionable remarks linking slavery with other issues.
The retired neurosurgeon compared abortion and slavery during his bid for the Republican nod in October 2015.
“During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of slave owners thought they had a right to do whatever they wanted to the slave,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“What if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do?’ ” asked Carson, who opposes abortion even in cases involving incest or rape.
The Senate confirmed Carson as President Trump’s HUD secretary in a 58-41 vote last week, with six Democrats and one independent senator backing him.
Carson’s confirmation process was largely free of controversy, but some Democrats questioned his lack of government experience.
Source: The Hill