Ben Carson is now on stage with Trump, playing his part in the daily clown show. He almost immediately made a splash when in his first speech after taking office as Housing and Urban Development Secretary described slaves on slave ships as “immigrants.” When he was immediately criticized over this statement, he responded with, “Look up the definition of immigrants.”
Carson is another demonstration of the Trump administration’s lack of appreciation of nuance in language, reminding me of the former Supreme Court jurist, Antonin Scalia who argued, “The constitution means just what it says.” Conservative politicians, and theologians, are literalists and do not consider the contextual dimension of words. Though these very same persons will readily argue that one who cries “Fire” in a theater does not have the right to do so, that venue being one one “context” which is relevant to the use of words.
Carson replied in response to critics of his observation, “Look it up in the dictionary!.” He is right, “immigrant” means someone moving to another country. However, the notion that a black person in the bowels of an 18th century slave ship was an “immigrant” is just absolutely ridiculous. And, though this is only obliquely related, let me show you a photo of Ben Carson and Jesus in his household, the nuances of which are highly comical.
If only I was skilled with photo-shop, you would soon see a picture of myself with Jesus and Buddha on either side of me, arms around me and myself with a beatific smile. This photo is such a stunning example of how Ben Carson, and so many of the Republican Party, have no idea of how they are coming across to the onlooker.
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