At a meeting of black leaders and activists last week, Dr. Ben Carson alleged that electing Democrats does a disservice to the community, and that the broken promises of Democratic lawmakers has led to a situation “perhaps just as bad” as the prejudicial Jim Crow laws of the early 20th century:
“The Democrat Party, of course, is the party of the KKK. Of Jim Crow laws. And perhaps just as bad right now, of servitude. ‘Now you do this, and we’ll take care of you, pat you on the head, take care of all your needs.’ Which keeps people believing that’s what they actually need,” Mr. Carson told the small group.
Carson also said that the best way for African Americans to exert authority was not through electing more Democrats, but through economic power, citing leaders like businessman and major civil rights movement funder A.G. Gaston as examples:
“I think he has a very good point. It’s something that black America needs to understand,” Mr. Carson said. “Jewish America understands it. Korean America understands it. Black America, if they could understand it, they could blow everybody else out of the water.”
Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles In Action.