Carson says Brown killing beyond matter of race, citing ‘personal responsibility’

On Sunday, Ben Carson, a rising star in conservative politics, said that race is just one factor surrounding the police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown – repeating his message that more personal responsibility and America’s failure to provide better economic opportunity to minorities also play a major role.


“I’m not sure this is a police versus blacks situation,” he said during an exchange on “Fox News Sunday” with civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who like Carson is black. “We need to look at bigger issues.”

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Jackson compared the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown to a “state execution” and said it was part of a larger pattern of attacks on black males, also naming Trayvon Martin and Rodney King. Of course, Jackson is full of it.

“Seems to me, the police acted as judge, jury and executioner,” Jackson said.

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Hmm, so defending oneself, while getting beat up is an execution? Why is it that whenever blacks are caught committing crimes, and they get shot in the process, they are always the victims? By now they should know the difference between right an wrong, unless they just don’t give a damn. Afterall, they can always depend on Obummer to pull the race card when that happens.

Carson, a medical doctor and Fox News contributor, caught the attention of conservatives during his 2013 National Prayer Service address in which he questioned the direction in which the country was heading, with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.

Carson praised Jackson for his lifetime of advocacy for minorities and said he thinks they each want the same outcome — to help the underserved.

“But we come at it from a different point of view,” said Carson, an Independent and potential 2016 presidential candidate. “Some of the worn-out policies of the do-gooders are not working.”

He also suggested government and business can create the kinds of jobs that will help Americans get out of poverty, but he argued that people still must “take control of their own lives.”

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One response

  1. Dr. Carson did an excellent job of explaining that the problems we’re seeing in situations like Ferguson is not about a racial issue, but a social issue. Any person of any race could be brought up in a similar environment with the wrong influences and the wrong emphasis on what’s important in life, and end up in trouble. They MUST be talked about or the problems will never be solved. Dr. Carson wants to empower people to be self-sufficient, educated, and successful, and that will only happen when they break the chains of the government controlling their lives with programs that hold them back from reaching their full potential. Dr. Carson has common sense solutions for our nation’s many problems. If you’d like to see Dr. Carson on the presidential ballot in 2016, please sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/V0MUUJ We are trying to reach one million signatures by the end of the year!

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