The internet is abuzz with Ben Carson’s newest flub. It’s always amusing to see them reported, as if it gives our liberal friends the opportunity to briefly pretend they’re smarter than a neurosurgeon.
His latest gaffe? During his first speech before members of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as its head, Dr. Carson stated, “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.”
Naturally, he was widely mocked and ridiculed for claiming that slaves were immigrants.
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
Immigrants??? https://t.co/f0RH7iXBrn— NAACP (@NAACP) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson..please read or watch Roots, most immigrants come here VOLUNTARILY,cant't really say the same about the slaves..they were stolen
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) 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
A HUD spokesman said that nobody in the room took Carson’s comments the wrong way, but of course that hasn’t stopped the criticism.
HUD spox says no one in the room believed Secretary Ben Carson "was confusing voluntary immigration with involuntary servitude. Please."
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) March 6, 2017
It was a poorly worded comment, granted — yet, Carson was not the only one to make the comparison. The difference is, the MSM had a field day with Secretary Carson’s remark, yet it didn’t attract much criticism when then-President Barack Obama made it on multiple occasions.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Obama made a similar comment during a speech at a Dec. 15, 2015 ceremony for newly naturalized U.S. citizens about the contributions of American immigrants.
Referring to “those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily,” Obama said they were “immigrants themselves” in “their own way” who had faith they could create a better life for themselves.
“And perhaps, like some of you, these new arrivals might have had some moments of doubt, wondering if they had made a mistake in leaving everything and everyone they ever knew behind,” he said. “So life in America was not always easy. It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants. 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,” Obama continued. “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.”
Watch a side-by-side comparison of their comments below:
And, that was but one of eleven times Obama compared slaves to immigrants, the other cases being at a commencement speech in April 2011, at DNC events in March, April (twice), May (twice), June, at a Gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2011, a forum on American Latino Heritage in 2011, and a naturalization ceremony in 2012.
Where was the media freak-out in those cases? One might even go as far as to glean from all this that the media has a liberal bias.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]