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Ben Carson Calls Congressional Black Caucus’ Refusal to Allow White Members ‘Racist’

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Ben Carson Calls Congressional Black Caucus’ Refusal to Allow White Members ‘Racist’

Dr. Ben Carson, the now-retired world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, appeared in a recently-uploaded interview with YouTube personality Jan Helfeld where he said that the Congressional Black Caucus is essentially acting in a racist fashion if it does not allow non-blacks to join.

“What would you say is racism? How would you define racism?” Helfeld, who regularly uses the Socratic interview technique, asked at the start of the interview.

Ben Carson Calls Congressional Black Caucus Refusal to Allow White Members Racist

Dr. Benjamin Carson speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Feb. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

“I would define it as people making decisions about others based on superficial characteristics and unfairly doing so,” Carson responded. “And in our society today, I think a lot of racism is paternalism. I mean, you believe that certain people can’t do things and that you must do them for them.”

From there, Helfeld posed a series of questions about group membership exclusion based on race. He specifically asked if Carson would call a club or organization not letting a person in because of his or her race “an example of racism.”

“I think that would be a racist policy, yes,” Carson responded.

Next, Helfeld got more specific and asked whether the Congressional Black Caucus’ policy of seemingly only allowing African American representatives to join is also an example of racism. Carson said he was unsure what the rules are on the matter, but Helfeld said that the caucus does not allow white members.

“If that is true and if members of the Congressional Black Caucus would object if there were, let’s say, a Congressional Irish Caucus that wouldn’t let them in, then I think that would be hypocrisy and it would in fact be racist,” Carson said.

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Helfeld pushed a bit harder, asking, ”But just them not letting them in because they’re white, using their race as a reason not to let them in, that would be an example of racism?”

Carson reiterated that he would “disagree” with such a policy and would characterize it as racism.

From there, the conversation turned to affirmative action, where Carson said he prefers a policy he called “compassionate action,” a process of looking at a college candidate’s entire profile and not just his or her race or ethnicity.

Watch the interview below:


TheBlaze reached out to the Congressional Black Caucus to clarify its membership policies (which have generally been accepted as color-exclusive), but we have not yet heard back.

Carson has become a familiar figure in conservative circles over the nine months since he delivered a highly critical National Prayer Breakfast speech in front of President Barack Obama.

by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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Everyone knows it's racist to judge ANYONE on the basis of the color of their skin.

Except, apparently, the Congressional Black Caucus. 

hello_kitty25
by Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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Well, it is.
itsmesteph11
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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 And why would it not be racist? Really wish we could clone some of these conservative blacks.

MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Can a black person join the KKK?

The KKK is a supremacist hate group against black people.

The Congressional Black Caucus is a group to help the black community and color exclusive to whites.

Ben Carson would never even be able to be a neurosurgeon if it werent for civil rights.Did this guy fall on his head or what?Give him a mirror so he can see what his tea party friends only see when they look at him.

PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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Wow, where do I start on this statement.

Do you think that only black people can help the black community?  Do you think excluding whites from the Congressional Black Caucus is helping the segregation issue in the US today?  

And why is it that Carson can't have his political views without them being attacked due to his color?  He has his views and they should be respected.  This is a horribly bias response.

Quoting MomTiara19:

Can a black person join the KKK?

The KKK is a supremacist hate group against black people.

The Congressional Black Caucus is a group to help the black community and color exclusive to whites.

Ben Carson would never even be able to be a neurosurgeon if it werent for civil rights.Did this guy fall on his head or what?Give him a mirror so he can see what his tea party friends only see when they look at him.


lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Very interesting that you compare the Congressional Black Caucus to the KKK. 

And also interesting that you demonize a black man that doesn't think like you.


Quoting MomTiara19:

Can a black person join the KKK?

The KKK is a supremacist hate group against black people.

The Congressional Black Caucus is a group to help the black community and color exclusive to whites.

Ben Carson would never even be able to be a neurosurgeon if it werent for civil rights.Did this guy fall on his head or what?Give him a mirror so he can see what his tea party friends only see when they look at him.



pamelax3
by Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

IMO any group that is designated to one race is racist

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Any time something is defined first by color, it is racist. There should be no 'black' caucus simply because the main criteria is 'black'.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Let's clarify here:

The CBC isn't judging anyone on the basis of the color of their skin.

However, they are discriminating on the basis of the color of their skin.

The question here, is, 1) is it ever permissible to discriminate on the basis of race and 2) if it is, is the reason the CBC is doing so a permissible one?

In my opinion, the answer is 1) yes, and 2) no.

What's your opinion?


Quoting SallyMJ:

Everyone knows it's racist to judge ANYONE on the basis of the color of their skin.

Except, apparently, the Congressional Black Caucus. 


 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Interesting -

Not a lot to actually disagree with here.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

Let's clarify here:

The CBC isn't judging anyone on the basis of the color of their skin.

However, they are discriminating on the basis of the color of their skin.

The question here, is, 1) is it ever permissible to discriminate on the basis of race and 2) if it is, is the reason the CBC is doing so a permissible one?

In my opinion, the answer is 1) yes, and 2) no.

What's your opinion?

 

Quoting SallyMJ:

Everyone knows it's racist to judge ANYONE on the basis of the color of their skin.

Except, apparently, the Congressional Black Caucus. 

 

 


 

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