Ben Carson was interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt Show where he shares his thoughts on race, President Obama, and the situation in Ferguson, MO. A partial transcript is below.
HEWITT: Is it going to get worst before it gets better in the United States, because after all we’ve had an African American president for six years. Ferguson is a racially charged situation.
You’re an African American running for presidency on the Republican side, and I say that with the assumption that you will run; I know you haven’t formally declared but you’re already in. Is it going to be another hundred years before this tableau stops unfolding every time there is a white/black incident?
CARSON: Well, you know I actually believe that things were better before this president was elected, and I think that things have gotten worse because of his unusual emphasis.
HEWITT: Can you explain more. What do you mean by that? How did they get worse and how did he contribute to it?
CARSON: For instance, the incident with Henry Louis Gates (Skip Gates) — him calling out the police and how they always do this kind of thing. And the Trayvon Martin case — “if I had a son this is what he would look [like]…” Rather than trying to take the balanced, objective look at things. And then what’s happened here, and then the way (which really irritates me to some degree), the way he and a bunch of progressives manipulate particularly the minority community, to make them feel like they are victims, and of course, if you think you are a victim, you are a victim.
HEWITT: Was Michael Brown a victim, Dr. Carson?
CARSON: Well, he became a victim based on perhaps not having a well-established idea of how to relate to authority.
HEWITT: Let me also ask you, when you say things were better before this president, some have said this president has played the so-called race card. Do you think he does?
CARSON: Yes. Absolutely.
HEWITT: Is he doing so right now?
CARSON: Aah, he’s trying very hard not to because I think he is aware that people are suspicious of him doing that, so I think we should keep an eye on him and hope for the best.