WATCH: Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Campaigns In Harlem; Says ‘Of Course Black Lives Matter, But What We Need to Be Talking About Is How to Solve the Problem In the Black Community of Murder’

ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson talks to the press during a campaign stop in Harlem.
Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson talks to the press during a campaign stop in Harlem.

Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson had some tough words for the Democrats — and for his fellow African-Americans — during a campaign swing through New York Wednesday.

“Of course black lives matter,” said Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, after a lunch meeting with local leaders at the Harlem landmark Sylvia’s.

“What I feel, instead of people pointing fingers at each other, and just creating strife, what we need to be talking about is, how do we solve the problem in the black community of murder,” Carson said.

“For a young black male, in the inner city, homicide is the most likely cause of death. That’s ridiculous,” Carson said.

“Most of those occur at the hands of other young black males. We need to be talking about, ‘Why is that occurring?’ We need to be talking about, ‘How do we instill values into people again?’ And those are family and faith.”

Carson, who’s in second place among Republicans in early voting Iowa, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, also slammed the Democratic Party for luring minority voters with condescending promises of political giveaways that lead to a reliance on government.

“I think it’s because the Democrat Party has subscribed to the Lyndon Johnson philosophy,” he said.

“Lyndon Johnson said, if you give those ‘n-words’ such and such, they’ll vote for us for the next 200 years,” he continued, alluding to the use of the racial slur by the same former President who oversaw the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Carson on Wednesday also met with faith and community leaders and did a little retail politicking in Harlem on top of speaking with the press.

Some locals said a Carson candidacy will be a tough sell.

“Ok, here we go again, another black Republican,” quipped James Johnston-Lynch, 50, of Harlem.

“They are trying to show that they are not racist by saying, ‘See we have a black candidate too.’”

His wife, Jackie Johnston, 53, stopped to ask Carson what he would do to help soldiers who suffer from PTSD.

“He said he would help with their transition the second they enlist,” she said.

“I like his answer — but I don’t think he’ll have the resources to do it.”

Carson, 63, who himself rose from poverty to a distinguished career in medicine that included the first successful separation at the head of conjoined twins, also spoke with unvarnished concern about the number of black children born out of wedlock — a situation he said often leads to the end of the mother’s formal education.

“The progressive community have gotten you to believe that that’s ok, that you are not supposed to talk about this,” Carson said.

“If anybody talks about that, you’re an Uncle Tom. They are against you.”

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SOURCE: New York Daily News

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