Ben Carson Wildly Refers to Enslaved Africans as Immigrants

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."

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"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.







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Watch the painful speech above.

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Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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