The liberal mainstream media was waiting to pounce on anything that recently-confirmed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said, and that’s precisely what they did this week after Carson referred to slaves as “immigrants” in a speech. Interestingly enough, however, former President Barack Obama said the same thing…but, of course, the outrage didn’t follow.
During his inaugural speech to HUD staff, Carson said: “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity.” He continued, “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,” he continued.
Ben Carson just referred to *slaves* as "immigrants"
"There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships…" pic.twitter.com/WkFrm3dYCB
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 6, 2017
The Blaze reported:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was bewildered by the comparison, actor Samuel L. Jackson slammed Carson for the statement and MoveOn’s national spokeswoman said the HUD secretary “needs to revisit” the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
(Content warning: The language used in the below tweets might be offensive to some readers.)
— NAACP (@NAACP) March 6, 2017
OK!! Ben Carson….I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 7, 2017
Okay, well perhaps Carson can make that visit when perpetually outraged leftists do something about their penchant for selective outrage and address the very similar comments Obama made. #LearnYourHistory and all…
Breitbart White House Correspondent Charlie Spiering pointed out that Obama made similar comments during a naturalization ceremony in 2015.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 7, 2017
“Certainly,” Obama said, “it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves. There was discrimination and hardship and poverty.”
“But, like you, they no doubt found inspiration in all those who had come before them,” he added. “And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more.”
That wasn’t the first time Obama made the comparison at a naturalization ceremony, either.
“We are a nation of immigrants,” he said in July 2012. “Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended from folks who came from someplace else — whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a slave ship, whether they came through Ellis Island or crossed the Rio Grande.”
Now, what’s the difference here? Obama has a D by his name and Carson an R.
The left’s faux outrage really is pathetic and shameful.