Ben Carson: President Obama was ‘raised white’
Michael Walsh February 23, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says that President Obama cannot truly understand the African-American experience because he was “raised white.”
“He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia,” Carson said to journalist Glenn Thrush. “So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”
During an interview for Politico’s “Off Message,” which aired Tuesday, the retired neurosurgeon suggested that his upbringing reflects the black experience in the U.S. more than Obama’s.
Carson was born in Detroit to African-American parents. His rise from childhood poverty to resounding success as a neurosurgeon served as an inspirational story that propelled him into the national spotlight and, ultimately, the race for the White House.
Obama was born in Honolulu to a white mother and a black Kenyan father. He spent several years of his childhood in Indonesia before returning to Hawaii.
Carson told Thrush that he did not derive much joy or pride from watching Obama’s inauguration as the nation’s first black president because of his life story.
“You know, I did not. I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination,” he said...
This is from the guy who has a painting of a White Jesus with His arm around him in his front room.
Apparently, Mr. Carson thinks every black person needs to have stabbed someone to have established their credentials as truly black.
I was born and bred in Detroit, too, and I much prefer the style of President Obama to the racial-sanctimoniousness of Mr. Carson. Maybe Mr. Carson thinks he is "blacker" than President Obama. After all, Mr. Obama spent several years in Indonesia - a country well-known for its "white" majority and thoroughly white-bread culture.