Quite a stink was raised recently by a number of liberal celebrities, politicians and institutions regarding remarks made by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson during a speech in which he seemed to equate African slaves brought to America against their will with Europeans and others who voluntarily immigrated to the country.
According to TheBlaze, in speaking about immigration and assimilation in general, Carson said, “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.”
As could be expected, the conservative neurosurgeon was chastised and mocked viciously for the comment, with everything from his intelligence to his authenticity as a black man being questioned.
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Yet, former President Barack Obama, the absolute scion of the American left, made almost the exact same remark just a little more than a year ago during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens in December 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,” Obama said.
Nor was that an isolated incident, as Obama also said something similar during a speech in 2012 during which he described America as “a nation of immigrants.”
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“Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended from folks who came from someplace else — whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a slave ship, whether they came through Ellis Island or crossed the Rio Grande,” Obama said.
In fact, The Federalist went back and surveyed numerous speeches by the former president, discovering along the way at least 11 separate occasions in which Obama called slaves immigrants, nine instances in 2011 alone. Considering the volume and repetitiveness of the slaves/immigrants claim, it is quite likely that Obama has said something similar in speeches dating back even further.
Not surprisingly, those on the left who heaped scorching criticism on Carson for his remark have maintained utter silence once confronted with the fact that their savior Obama had said the exact same thing multiple times in the past. Of course, unlike Carson, Obama is a paragon of progressive perfection who could say or do no wrong, in their eyes at least.
However, there was at least prominent liberal who took Obama to task for the comments, and he’s an African himself — Trevor Noah, the South African native and host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” according to The Daily Beast.
Though Noah certainly harped on Carson for the remark, he gave Obama a bit of grief too, albeit tempered with a bit of a joke somewhat excusing the former president,.
“You could tell when he said that part he was thinking, ‘Damn, my speechwriter f****d up’” Noah said on “The Daily Show” last week..
“It doesn’t matter who said it,” Noah stated. “Slaves weren’t immigrants. Because an immigrant has choice. They choose the country they’re going to because they hope it will bring them a better life.” Anybody saying otherwise, he said, only “helps justify blaming African-Americans for their hardships.”
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It is too bad that other prominent liberals haven’t displayed the same consistency in their outrage over commentary they find offensive. But perhaps their outrage has less to do with the actual words spoken, and more to do with who spoke the particular words.
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