This is what Ben Carson, the new US Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said today, calling African slaves “immigrants who worked even harder”.
During the Republican primaries, I referred to Ben Carson as the most stupid candidate, despite the existence of Donald Trump. He hasn’t said anything yet to change my opinion.
But why on earth did nobody in the audience stand up, say something, call out this falsification of history? I don’t mind stupid people or liars that much, we will always have to deal with them. But I am disappointed by a room full of intelligent people who know better, who will shake their heads and go on Twitter afterwards, but don’t have the courage to say a single sentence to the speaker’s face. Which would have been enough to stop this travesty.
If nobody ever speaks up, one day you have a situation in which speaking up won’t be enough.