Carson: 'We need to move away from being offended by everything'

Thursday, June 18, 2020
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Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is urging Americans to exercise maturity and not be so easily offended by everything having to do with race.

Racial tensions continue to escalate from coast to coast following the tragic deaths of African-American men George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, who were killed by white police officers in Minneapolis and Atlanta, respectively – who then, in turn, were charged with murder.

On ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," the host pointed out President Donald Trump is planning to deliver his nomination acceptance speech in Jacksonville, Florida, on the 60th anniversary of a Ku Klux Klan mob attacking predominantly black civil rights protesters there.

"Is it appropriate to be having a convention speech on that anniversary in that city?" Stephanopoulos pressed the HUD secretary.

Not your typical answer

In his reply, Carson avoided feeding into the racial tension fueled by the left.

"We've reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it," the renowned brain surgeon told Stephanopoulos. "We really need to move away from that – we need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything.

"I mean, think about the fact that some of our universities – some of our prestigious universities – have a relationship with the slave trade. Should we go and rename those universities?"

He then remarked on the lunacy of placing a race tag on everything and immaturely crying foul at virtually every turn. "It really gets to a point of being ridiculous after a while – and you know, we're going to have to grow up as a society," Carson continued.

The liberal ABC host also pressed for Carson's expertise as a physician by questioning Trump's judgment in continuing campaign rallies with the coronavirus pandemic not fully off the radar.

"I think if it's done in conjunction with the public health experts – which it is being done in conjunction with them – that's quite acceptable," Carson stressed to Stephanopoulos. "We do need to always – all of us – need to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it is very important that we utilize what we have learned about the disease so that we can live with it, rather than allow it to dominate us and determine how we're going to live."

Our own worst enemies …

Carson's call for America to "get it together" followed his argument that Americans are their own worst enemies.

"[America can only come to ruin if we] destroy ourselves," the secretary stated. "We have to stop putting everything into the arena of combat. Let's see if we can find a way to work together – because if we don't, we're doomed."

When confronting condemnation of Trump for calling governors to have their law enforcement "dominating the streets" to get them back under control from rioters and looters, Carson defended the commander-in-chief.

"There are lots of different ways to express things, [and] I believe what's being said there is obviously [that] we cannot submit to anarchy," Carson contended. "I think we would all agree with that. We might not all express it the same way, but we would all agree with it, and we've got to begin to look at the big picture – what is the thing that we're aiming to do … not what someone said this day or that day."


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