Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made the Sunday morning political show rounds, eloquently debating the current state of race and racism in America. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Carson, “you have three sons. Honestly, have you or your wife Candy, have you ever had what’s called ‘the talk’ with any of your sons about how to act, how to conduct yourselves when you’re confronted by a policeman?” Carson answered, “I had the same talk with them that my mother had with me and my brother.”
Carson said of the conversation with his children, “I told them that we should always respect the positions of authority like the police. I told my son the same thing. And I’ve never had a problem, they’ve never had a problem.” Carson went on to address the problems that do exist, “We need to look at appropriate reforms, and this is probably a good time to shine a spotlight and get it done. And I think that’s one of the things that the president has made very clear.”
In his appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Carson said we “have to grow up as a society:”
STEPHANOPOULOS: And finally, sir, The president’s convention (inaudible) – speeches, now it’s scheduled for Jacksonville on August 27, which is the 60thanniversary of Ax Handle Saturday when a KKK mob attacked mostly Black Civil Rights protestors. Is it appropriate to be having a convention speech on that anniversary in that city?
CARSON: You know, we’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it. We really need to move away from that. We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, you know, of renaming everything – I mean, think about the act that some of our universities, some of our prestigious universities, have a relationship with the slave trade. Should we go and rename those universities? It really gets to a point of being ridiculous after a while. And, you know, we’re going to have to grow up as a society.
Chris Wallace challenged Carson on President Trump’s position not to rename military bases despite confederate ties. Carson had an iron-clad response: “many of the bases were named after Confederate generals as a conciliatory movement after the war. To now change that would be having exactly the opposite effect.”
Carson continued, “we have to recognize that we have a history, and to hide that history is probably not a smart move. Smart people, wise people use their history in order to improve. Other kids of people try to bury their history.”