Ben Carson is getting the dragging of life for referring to slaves as immigrants during a Monday morning speech to his HUD staff.
— CNN (@CNN) March 6, 2017
Carson, who was just sworn in as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told the crowd while describing the United States as a land of dreams and opportunity, “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships who worked even longer and even harder for less.”
Twitter of course went HAM on Carson for his misguided remarks, including celebs like Whoopi Goldberg, D.L. Hughley, Anika Noni Rose and Samuel L. Jackson, who had the most heeelarious response of all. “OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom.”
Can you just imagine Sam saying that in his Jules Winnfield voice from Pulp Fiction?
OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
Whoopi Goldberg and D.L. Hughley also let Ben have it.
Ben Carson calling slaves immigrants is like calling Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims dinner guests! #TeamDl
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) March 7, 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
Ben Carson wears his ass where his hat supposed to be at and talk that loooong bullshit
— Lakeith Stanfield (@stanfield_keith) March 7, 2017
“I apologize for referring to slaves as ‘immigrants.’ I meant to say ‘interns.'” — Ben Carson, tomorrow
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 7, 2017
Anika Noni Rose, who is currently starring in the HBCU drama The Quad, penned a long message to Carson on Instagram with a photo from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
@RealBenCarson, this weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of a tour of the @NMAAHC. It is an amazing experience that you shouldn’t miss. Here is a photo of one of the artifacts that deeply moved me. It is a sack that was passed from an enslaved mother to her child. I will translate the writing for you because…well, I’ll just translate it for you. “My great-grandmother Rose, mother of Ashley, gave her this sack when she was SOLD at age 9 in South Carolina. It held a tattered dress, three handfuls of pecans, a braid of Rose’s hair. Told her to ‘be filled with my love always’ She never saw her again. Ashley is my grandmother.” ~ Ruth Middleton 1921″ What were you doing at age 9, sir? …What are you doing now? Call. Make an appointment with the @NMAAHC. I’m sure they’ll make room for you to have this educational tour, because it’s clear that your heart and mind need this. When you’re done, maybe stop by the @whitneyplantation and check out That American dream. #EnslavedPeopleAreNotImmigrants #Slavery #Immigration #Education #History #AfricanAmerican #NMAAHC #WhitneyPlantation