Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson believes blacks who attack other blacks for being critical of Democrats is “just as racist as anything I can imagine.”
While discussing social media posts by rapper Kanye West about thinking independently and keeping an open mind in regard to President Donald Trump, Carson called out Democrats for the manner in which they have attacked West and other independent black thinkers who refuse to tout the liberal line.
“I was pleased to see Kanye West come out and talk about that. I’ve had the opportunity to have a conversation with him in the past and he actually is a very thoughtful person,” Carson said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal.
“What our country doesn’t realize, and particularly a lot of liberals don’t realize, it really is fairly racist for you to think that a black person has to think a certain way, and that if they don’t think that way there is something wrong with them, and start calling them names and persecuting them.
“That is just as racist as anything I can imagine,” he added.
“It really is fairly racist for you to think that a black person has to think a certain way, and that if they don’t think that way, there’s something wrong with them.” @SecretaryCarson on the backlash to @kanyewest’s tweets https://t.co/9PFKCgeASD
— The Daily Signal (@DailySignal) April 29, 2018
Asked if “opening up the discussion” about black people thinking independently and not voting in lockstep with Democrats was a good thing, Carson said matter-of-factly, “It needs to be opened up.”
“A lot of people have a sort of herd mentality, ‘Well this is what everybody does, and that’s what I’m going to do,’ without really thinking about ‘What has this group done to really help me, to increase my opportunities?’ and you have to think long and hard to really come up with something,” Carson said of Democrats.
“And ‘maybe it’s time to make people compete for my loyalty and compete for my vote, and maybe I’ll do a lot better,’ and I think a lot of people are starting to understand that now,” he added.
Earlier in the interview, Carson spoke at length about the current state of the department he runs and discussed his plans for the future in regard to public housing and welfare reform.
On the topic of how the left attacks black people who stray from the liberal dogma, Carson knows well of what he speaks, as he has for years suffered from the slings and arrows thrown his way by the left for having the temerity to buck liberal thought and stake out a position on the right.
Carson is certainly not alone.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has also endured the same type of criticism over the past several decades. More recently, Carson and Thomas have been joined by the likes of businessman Herman Cain, Trump supporters Diamond & Silk and young conservative thinkers like Brandon Tatum and Candace Owens, among others.
Now West appears to have joined that group, and there is no telling how many of his fans he may bring along with him to a new reality of independent thought and openness to ideologies not completely aligned with the hard left or the far right.
To say West’s support of Trump has Democrats a bit concerned would be an understatement, as they are looking at losing their grip on what was once a solid and consistent voting bloc upon which they could depend for support.
Hopefully, others will be inspired by people like Carson and West to at least think critically about the major political parties and be honest with themselves about which one’s platform is truly more in line with their own beliefs. Some may be quite surprised by the conclusions they reach.
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