In a speech that he was giving to Housing and Urban Development workers , HUD Secretary Ben Carson referred to former slaves in the U.S. as “immigrants.”
America used to be a “‘can-do society,’ not a ‘what can you do for me society,'” Carson said, adding that the nation once was, and still is, a “land of dreams and opportunity” for immigrants. He added, “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
Worked “harder for less” is an understatement — African-Americans coming over on ships to both pre- and post-colonial America were slaves, who earned no wages whatsoever.
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/VfH9YCbleM
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 6, 2017
This wouldn’t be the first time that Carson got mixed up on his history. The HUD Secretary previously insisted that the Egyptian pyramids were built by the Biblical character Joseph to store grain, a theory that does not match up with historical evidence.