HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson clarifies his comments about slaves as immigrants:
“Think about how our strength is our unity in this country and there are things that we have in common. Go to Ellis Island and look at all those pictures on the wall of immigrants who came here from every part of the world many of them carrying all their earthly belongings in their two hands not knowing what to expect and what a hard life they had but, they didn’t do it for themselves. They did it for their children and their grandchildren. And then I said, there were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships who worked even harder, even longer but they too had a dream that one day their great grandchildren might live in freedom and prosperity in this country…
“Everybody in that auditorium was with me…Did they talk about the good things? Did they talk about the prolonged standing ovation? All the people waiting in line to get pictures? The people who asked very intelligent questions and got good answers?
The lady who stood up and said, ‘Some of us were concerned, we’re not concerned any more.’ They don’t cover that…It’s really kind of sad what the media had deteriorated into.”
Dr. Ben Carson: “…[Slaves] didn’t just give up and die.”
“You can be an involuntary immigrant…We should be proud to have ancestors that had the mental strength to endure what so many others had not been able to endure. They tried to enslave all kinds of people but they were not able to survive it.