By Moses Kamuiru
The newly appointed HUD secretary Dr. Carson diagnosed social mobility in America on Monday, declaring that slaves were immigrants who worked even longer and even harder for less. Dr. Carson, while delivering his first address as Secretary of Human and Urban Development, made history in a room full of workers for the federal government. Carson noted that America is a land of opportunity and some immigrants came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even harder for less, and even worked longer. He made those remarks during a broadcast to HUD offices all over America as well as online.
Dr. Carson was quoted saying that, “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great grandchildren might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.” There was the absence of any audible reaction to the secretary’s remarks. A senior HUD official said that the comments were taken as a heartfelt introduction to the Human and Urban Development family. The official also stated that Carson was making a point about people who came to America for a better life for their children and future generations. The official also noted that no one in that room had put two and two together and came to five, and that only the most cynical interpretation would confuse immigration to America voluntarily and involuntary servitude.
Dr. Carson tweeted from the account he shares with his wife, Candy, following the speech that you can be an involuntary immigrant. The tweet included a previous radio appearance link in which he shared his theory of “slaves as immigrants.” Later the HUD Secretary followed that up with a Facebook statement in which Carson changed his stance. He argued on Facebook that the immigration narrative and the slave narrative are entirely different experiences. He continued to say the immigrants made a choice to come to the United States and, in contrast, slaves were forced here and lost against their will and lost all their opportunities.
Just so you know Dr. Carson, from 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million slaves of African descent were brought to the United States, which was formerly known as the “New World.” Only 10.7 million survived the middle passage. According to University Professor Henry Louis Jr., about 388,000 were shipped directly to North America. The latest of the many gaffes of the Trump administration regarding race was Dr. Carson’s baffling interpretation of that violent history. Carson, in 2013, was even quoted saying that Obamacare was the worst thing that happened to America since slavery.