Whoopi Goldberg Tells Ben Carson: ‘Watch Roots’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Whoopi Goldberg blasted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson after he compared slaves to “immigrants.”

During “The View on Tuesday,” the host asked how it was that the HUD secretary missed that slaves did not come to America voluntarily. Her comment stems from remarks Carson made during a staff meeting on Monday when he said that “there were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.” (RELATED: Samuel L. Jackson Blasts Ben Carson For Comparing Slaves To ‘Immigrants’)

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“Maybe we need to get him [Carson] a history book,” Goldberg said. “I mean were the slaves really thinking about the American dream? No, because they were trying to understand, ‘what the hell just happened?'”(RELATED: Ben Carson Makes Baffling Claim About Slaves Brought To America [VIDEO])

“When people immigrate they come with the idea that they’re going someplace for a better life,” she added. “That’s why people immigrate to America everyday. It’s voluntary, but the slaves…we were not voluntary. We looked up and one minute we thought ‘hey what an amazing land.’ And the next thing we knew we were like ‘uh-huh, what just happened?'”

“How does he miss what slavery is,” Goldberg exclaimed. “How does he miss that no slave came to this country willingly? I’m sorry, Ben, ‘Roots’ watch ‘Roots.'”

Carson has since clarified his remarks on Facebook and said that the “slave narrative and immigrant narrative” are different experiences.

“I’m proud of the courage and perseverance of Black Americans and their incomprehensible struggle from slavery to freedom,” Carson wrote. “I’m proud that our ancestors overcame the evil and repression that we know as slavery. The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences.”

“Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders,” he added. “The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities.”

 

 

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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