Potential 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson phoned in to Fox News Sunday to debate Reverend Jesse Jackson over whether race was main factor in the shooting death of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson, MO.
Dr. Carson: “If you take race out of the issue altogether and you take a group of young men and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they’re very likely to end up as victims of violence and incarceration.” “Has nothing to do with race.”
Jackson replied: “Well, first of all, I wish Dr. Carson and I were on that white panel you just had because it does have a race dimension. We come by it from experience differently than your previous guests, number one. Number two, it seems to me that when blacks kill whites, which is rare, it’s swift justice. When it’s white on black, it’s slower. When it’s black and black, it’s drugs in, jobs out. Racial disparity and alienation and distrust are very combustible formulas, factors.”
Carson later added: “We’re going to have to remove some of the issues that are depressing the economy so that we can create the kinds of jobs and the kinds of right situations so that people have the kinds of options that they need. We need to talk in the black community about the trillion dollars of resources that exist there. And how they need to learn how to turn over dollars in our own community before we send them out to develop wealth and how to reach back and pull others up. Some of the worn-out policies of the do-gooders have not helped the community.”