Obama Once Referred To Slaves As Immigrants
Just days after Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made headlines for referring to slaves as “immigrants”, it has been discovered that he isn’t the first black man in politics to do so. Former president Obama made similar comments during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in 2015. While Obama did not specifically say “slaves” during his speech, he was quoted as saying,
those of African heritage who had not come her voluntarily who in their own way were immigrants themselves.
See the full quote, per the Obama administration’s archives:
And perhaps, like some of you, these new arrivals might have had some moments of doubt, wondering if they had made a mistake in leaving everything and everyone they ever knew behind. So life in America was not always easy. It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants. 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.
See the clip.
Were Obama’s remarks just as offensive as Carson’s?
Source: VLAD TV, Usatoday.com