Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has once again blasted #BlackLivesMatter calling the movement “sickening” and “bullying.”
Last week, Carson visited the city of Ferguson for the first time and brought along CBS’s Major Garret.
During his visitation, Carson decided to blast the Black Lives Matter movement. The BLM movement was born in Ferguson due to the senseless killing of Michael Brown.
“The Black Lives Matter movement, where it’s foisting yourself on people – rather than engaging in dialogue – and bullying people. I never liked the idea of bullying on behalf of anybody.”
CBS correspondent Garret asked Carson if he believed there was “an undercurrent of bullying to Black Lives Matter,” Carson replied, “Sure. Absolutely.”
In reference #AllLives Matter, Carson said “All lives matter, of course all lives matter. … When we get off into a little thing that says, ‘No, this is the only thing you can say,’ that’s sickening to me.”
“He got so much grief he came back and apologized,” Carson told CBS News. “That’s bullying.”
“I detest political correctness. People died — they paid with their lives so we could have freedom of speech. And freedom of expression. And political correctness is the antithesis of that.”
Carson also told the Associated Press on las Friday that he believed #BlackLivesMatter should remove the word “black” from the movement’s title.
“I would prefer it be taken out. I obviously prefer that we focus on everybody. At the same time, I recognize that they’re trying to say that they feel that they’ve been treated unfairly — in many cases they have — I’m not going to take that away from them.”
While Carson is the first presidential candidate to tour and meet with Ferguson community leaders — he decided to blame the residents for being unable to come to grips with the fact that Brown was justifiably killed and believed American should “de-emphasize race and emphasize respect for each other.”
For me it conjured up an image of the people feeling that they have been unjustly treated by the police and that justifies civil disturbance. It also conjures up an image of the people being unwilling to actually face the facts. I think the community is unwilling to face the fact that Michael Brown was a bad actor.
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