Ben Carson argued in a new opinion piece that the drive for racial equality – using tools such as reparations and ‘anti-poverty’ stipends – can lead to more racism and is ‘un-American’.
“Equality advocates see no problem in treating groups of people differently based solely on race, as long as it serves their agenda,” Carson wrote in The Washington Post on Sunday“This is what we used to call racism, and those who aren’t blinded by identity politics still recognize it as such.”
As examples, Carson pointed to the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill to study reparations for descendants of slaves and an Oakland, California initiative that gives poverty alleviation scholarships to residents who are “ BIPOC ” – black, indigenous, or people of color.
Ben Carson, who served as President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post warning that the push for racial equality through means like reparations and poverty rewards is racist.
Equality advocates see no problem in treating groups of people differently based on race alone, as long as it serves their agenda. This is what we used to call racism, and those who are not blinded by identity politics still recognize it as such.
Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf announced in March a privately funded program that donates $ 500 a month to low-income families of color, with no rules on how to spend it.
“That program explicitly excludes poor white families,” Carson said.
Last week, the House removed HR 40 – which would form a committee to study reparations – from the committee for the first time in the resolution’s 32-year history.
An estimated 40 million black Americans could receive some kind of payment worth trillions of dollars.
The bill on reparations is not guaranteed to get a vote in the House – and has an even smaller chance of getting attention in the Senate.
Ten Republicans should support it to survive a filibuster.
Carson argued that “those alive today are not guilty of misconduct that took place long before they were born,” adding “that it would be unjust to hold them accountable for it.”
He said it was also unjust to give benefits to people who were not actually victims of the wrongdoing.
In addition, Carson argued that distributing government benefits to a group based on race or gender is “guaranteed to generate resentment in the unfavorable group.”
Ben Carson stocked up on the recovery payment account sponsored by Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (pictured) who was passed by the House Judiciary Committee last week. The bill forms a committee that would study the issue of reparations for the descendants of slaves
“Redistribution agendas powered by race-based victimization stories that demonize entire groups will fail on many fronts,” the former HUD secretary wrote.
All the available evidence indicates that family structure, education level and labor force participation are the keys to reducing inequalities. So reforms that strengthen the family, prioritize student achievement and restore decent paying jobs for the American working class would be much better at addressing the problems that equality initiatives seemingly try to solve, ” he said.
Instead, Carson wrote that he noticed a change in the conversation.
“The focus has shifted from equality to equality,” he said. That is, instead of the ideal of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to strive to judge people by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin, justice would reward and punish people for the color of their skin. ‘
Ben Carson also used as an example of ‘anti-poverty’ stipends in Oakland, California announced by Mayor Libby Schaaf (pictured) given to low-income families of color
“Instead of equality of opportunity, justice would require equality of outcome,” he continued. “This goal isn’t just un-American – it’s impossible to achieve.”
During his 2016 presidential run, and in the op-ed, Carson praised his success story and pointed out that he was the product of a single, black Detroit mom.
Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
He took part in the first successful divorce of conjoined twins tied to the back of the head.
Instead of teaching our children that they are victims of a racist system where they can only be cured by making people who have done nothing wrong pay for the sins of others in the past, we should teach them that they be in charge of their own lives. dignity and their own future, ”Carson said.