Dr. Ben Carson: 'It's Politically Incorrect to Blame the Wrong People'
(CNSNews.com) - Multiple murders in cities such as Chicago don't get the same attention as a single murder in suburban St. Louis "because it's politically incorrect to blame the wrong people," Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.
"If you have somebody, you know, like a police officer, that's an easy one to blame. But it's very difficult to blame a city council or a mayor that you like," he said. "We've got to stop picking and choosing who the villains are and who the good guys are."
Carson called for objectivity: "And in particular, you know, in the black community, I think we have to be honest with ourselves. And you know, let's go back and think about a time, you know, before the early '60s, tremendous progress that was made by black people in this country when they relied on family and they relied on each other and they had faith.
"And then what happened when we started relying on other people to do things for us and to tell us what we're supposed -- how we're supposed to think and who we're supposed to like and who we're supposed to follow? And where has that led? Not to a very good place. And we have to think about what we're talking about. You say, Death to the police -- try living for 24 hours with no police. I think you'll really find out what a difficult situation is."
Carson blamed "outside agitators" for stirring up trouble in Ferguson, Missouri.
"And I wish they would use that same energy to help us with what's going on in Chicago and Detroit and New Orleans and Washington, D.C., where just tons of shootings, murder, violence all the time, where we have tons of teenage pregnancy.
"Women giving birth, it ends their education. It sends their children into poverty. It continues the cycle of poverty and dependence. These are big problems for our country because we only have 320 or so million people. We're competing on a global stage against countries that have over a billion people. We need all of our resources to be developed and to be developed well. We can't afford this."
Carson said he'd like to ask the agitators, "What would you like to see happen?"
"There's an investigation that's going on," he said. "The legal process has been put into motion. What do you want to have happen that's not happening now? And let's hear a logical, cogent response to that."
Carson also said it might calm the situation if authorities would "expedite justice" and release information more quickly.