Newly appointed Secretary of Housing Ben Carson sent liberals and the mainstream media into a frenzy on Monday after he compared immigrants to those who came to North America on slave ships.
"That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. 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 said.
Samuel L. Jackson wrote in a tweet, "OK!! Ben Carson...I Can't? Immigrants? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!!MUTHAF**** PLEASE!!!" with a racial hashtag.
The NAACP responded with:
Immigrants??? https://t.co/f0RH7iXBrn— NAACP (@NAACP) March 6, 2017
And as usual, there is another twist to the story.
In 2015, during his remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives and Records Administration, Barack Obama literally made the same claim as Carson.
"Certainly, 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. And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more," Obama said.
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