Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson had a few words for Black Lives Matter activists. Carson, who isn’t a fan favorite, made a few interesting points about the activists, but it may fall on deaf ears because of the messenger it’s coming from.
In the USA Today column, Carson noted that the activists were focusing on the wrong targets and offered a few suggestions of where they should be besides Bernie Sander’s appearances.
Carson did agree with the activists and said that they are right “that racial policing issues exist and some rotten policemen took actions that killed innocent people”.
“I grew up in neighborhoods most Americans were told to never drive through. I saw bullets, drugs and death in the same places I played tag and ball with my friends, Carson writes. “Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny. But my mother didn’t. She changed all of that. She saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.”
Here are places Carson suggested for the activists to have their voices heard:
The Board of Education: “The actions of rogue police officers take black lives one at a time. Our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones and twos, but in whole generations,” he writes.
“The schools don’t teach and our children don’t learn. Too many public schools are controlled by teachers unions focused more on the convenience and compensation of adults rather than the education of children who started out far behind. Their failures don’t kill as quickly, but they do kill as surely as a bullet.”
The Crack House: “Let’s go over to the crack house,” Carson writes. “We need to tear it down. Profiting from selling poison to our children and destroying lives must not be the ambition of our children. These monuments to our destruction deserve our active scorn not our silent acceptance.”
To Republicans: “We need to tell them they have ignored us for too long. They need to invite us in and listen to us. We need to communicate and find a different way.”
Clutchettes, what do you think about Carson’s suggestions?