Ben Carson is making headlines. On Monday, the newly appointed Housing and Urban Development Secretary referred to slaves as “immigrants” while speaking Monday to department employees. He stated,
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.
Carson was criticized on social media, for using the term ‘immigrants’ when referring to slaves. Here’s a clip.
Ben Carson at HUD: “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.” pic.twitter.com/YolvoZQHX7
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 6, 2017
See a few responses on social media.