by G. Brown
As a new travel ban was signed this week, the current administration’s goal to cut down on illegal immigrants entering the country is still a priority focusing on barring traffic from Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen and the Sudan. Though Trump quietly signed this order away from the glare of cameras, it is still drawing harsh criticism from groups who say the order is still nothing more than a disguised Muslim ban.
The country which welcomes foreigners to the shores of its biggest city with Lady Liberty silently urging, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” may have to replace the poem etched at the statue’s feet to a sign saying ‘You don’t have to go home, but get the heck out of here!’
Immigrants have always been drawn to America in hopes of making the American dream their reality. That is the point that HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson also wanted to convey, but he just got lost on one minor point—slaves were not immigrants.
Carson compared Africans slaves stolen from their homelands and brought here to be brutalized, raped, beaten and worked like animals to immigrants who came here freely seeking a better way of life. Carson made the comments while addressing HUD (Housing and Urban Development) employees earlier this week.
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.” Carson argued that immigrants are people who were not born here but ended up moving here…whether by their own accord or not seems minor to Carson who continued saying, “Whether you’re voluntary or involuntary, if you come from the outside to the inside, you’re an immigrant. Whether you’re legal or illegal, you come from the outside to inside, you’re an immigrant. Slaves came here as involuntary immigrants, but they still had the strength to hold on.”
Let’s hope Carson had the strength to hold on because social media definitely came for him. Among those taking issue with Carson was actor Wendell Pierce…
But at times like these, perhaps the best voice of reason is one that brings with it some “Pulp Fiction” attitude. For that, no one can say it better than Samuel L. Jackson who left his manners at the door to check Carson.
Yep…we pretty much got to agree with Samuel L. on this one.