In Dr. Ben Carson’s first speech to his staff as the newly confirmed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the former Republican candidate wildly referred to enslaved Africans as "immigrants" with a "dream."
"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson told his HUD employees on Monday. "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."
Unsurprisingly, Carson, a neurosurgeon with no experience working in housing or urban development, received backlash.
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) March 6, 2017
— NAACP (@NAACP) March 6, 2017
TRAGIC, SHOCKING AND UNACCEPTABLE.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson today spoke to... https://t.co/MCJqyxDoBH
— AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) March 6, 2017
Watch the painful speech above.