Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson shared a controversial opinion last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.
Carson suggested that government assistance, or welfare, was more detrimental to the Black community than slavery. You read that right. Carson believes that government assistance needed because of inequality due to race, class, etc. caused more damage to Black people than the forced displacement, torture, rape, and dehumanization during chattel slavery.
“When you look at what the Black community has been through, go all the way back,” said Carson. “It was the family, the strong family units and the faith in God that got people through that, that got people through Jim Crow, through severe segregation, through all the difficulties.”
“But what really had a negative impact,” the former Trump administration official continued, “was when the government came along and said, ‘There, there, you poor little thing, I’m going to take care of all your needs’ and started implementing policies that were destructive to the family formation. Those things have hurt the Black communities the most.”
What was most dangerous about Carson’s callous statement is that it diminished the horrors of chattel slavery, Jim Crow, severe segregation, and all of Black people’s adversities throughout the history of the United States.
White people, especially racist conservatives like those that were present at the CPAC, are already looking for any way possible to diminish their atrocious history of violence against Black people so that they can step away from accountability. They don’t want to come to terms with the TRUTH of the past. They rather lie and cover it up, and tell you as a Black person that has to deal with the repercussions of their actions, that you need to move on. Any attempt at revealing the truth is presented as someone sowing division.
That is why it was so dangerous for a Black man to get up on stage and diminish the history of violence against Black people. His statement only served to affirm their delusions, it allowed them to step away from accountability. It allowed them to take his narrative and use it to justify inequality and discrimination in health care, education, in economics, etc.
Welfare is comparable to and worse than slavery? Well, Dr. Carson came out of welfare okay. Dr. Carson speaks as if the welfare that helped his family did not contribute to his success and career as a neurosurgeon.
In his autobiography, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (page 48), Carson reveals his family’s dependence on welfare for survival: “During ninth grade one task brought more embarrassment to me than anything else. As I’ve said, we received food stamps and couldn’t have made it without them.”
Why then, would Carson advocate against the same resources that helped make him a wealthy man today? It seems that Carson wanted to climb up the rope of social mobility, and cut it to prevent others from getting help.
Strong family units during slavery got Black people through? How can that be, when the separation of the family was a main tactic in weakening or “breaking” Black enslaved people?
Carson doesn’t believe he’s pandering to white people, because his views are the same as the white conservatives at the CPAC and abroad, even though he benefited from the same welfare system he is condemning.
Carson is a shining example of what a Black “White Supremacist” looks like. You don’t have to be white to qualify as a white supremacist, you just need to spread and act on those white supremacist ideals at the expense of Black people. Remember that when looking into Black politicians and representation because while there are people who share the same skin as the rest of the Black community, they can also share the same agenda of racist white people that will lead to their own detriment. In the end, white supremacy only serves white people and is used to oppress in one way or another, anyone that isn’t white. No amount of wealth or education can change that.
Clearly, we need to think for ourselves, because there are clearly people out here – who may even “look” like us, that are not always “for” us.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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