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Dr. Ben Carson on “ridiculous” statue removal: “we’re going to have to grow up as a society”

Housing and Urban Secretary Dr. Ben Carson wouldn’t play games on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday. The respected cabinet member had some advice about the move to rename things and remove statues.

Stephanopoulos, a former Democrat Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, implied that Trump hosting a rally in Tulsa was racist. Carson zeroed in on those that were calling to cancel it completely. Stephanopoulos also asked if Carson agreed that Trump on his comments about previous presidents and race.

“I will say, rather than get into an argument about who has done the most, what has, in fact, been done, the Opportunity Zones, where they’re designed in order to bring money into areas that are traditionally neglected,” Carson responded, adding, “And that’s been quite successful.”

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Carson went on to tell  on Sunday that calls to rename places and remove historically offensive statues “get to a point of being ridiculous.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: And finally, sir, the president’s convention — (inaudible) speeches, now it’s scheduled for Jacksonville on August 27th, which is the 60th anniversary 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?

BEN 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 fact 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.

–Dwight Widaman |  Metro Voice

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