08 March 2017

Dr. Ben Carson, Barack Obama & Historical Forgetfulness

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Ben Carson created a feeding frenzy with a recent statement suggesting slaves brought to America were "immigrants." Here's what HUD Secretary Carson said:
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.
The statement is clumsy at best, but it seemed to me that the criticism was a bit over the top and motivated by something other than any interest in historical accuracy. Soon after Dr. Carson made the statement, the echo chamber of Hollywood airheads and leftist fake-news talking heads pounced with righteous indignation and mockery. Some history bloggers and historians immediately took their cue and dutifully followed suit. 

But then came the news that former President Obama had made a very similar statement in 2015:
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.
The funny thing is, I don't recall the same incredulous reaction, outrage, horror, snickering and mocking when Obama made that statement. Gee, I wonder why? Certainly it has absolutely nothing to with politics, does it? No, of course not.

(But it's actually worse. Obama compared slaves to immigrants a total of 11 times; at least that's the number discovered so far.)

Ben Carson:  "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less."

Reaction from the echo chamber: OUTRAGE!

Barack Obama:  "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."

Reaction from the echo chamber: Silence.


Is this yet one more example of Fake Outrage, Fake News and Fake History?
Just asking.

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