DailyMail- Ben Carson said he was 'proud' that America broke the color barrier when electing President Barack Obama, but suggested the current White House occupant doesn't represent the true black experience.
'He's an "African" American,' Carson said to Politico's Glenn Thrush in an interview for the reporter's podcast. 'He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.'
The comments quickly raised eyebrows with Rep. Darrell Issa, a Marco Rubio supporter, suggesting this morning on CNN that Carson's 'loose talk' was what got him from frontrunner status in Iowa last fall, to his current position at the bottom of the Republican field.
'He didn't grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination,' Carson, who grew up poor and with a single-mother in Detroit, had told Thrush.
Well, talk about the whitewashed pot questioning the kettle's blackness. Regardless of skin color, I don't think there are too many people out there that are going to tell you that Ben Carson is "blacker" than Barack Obama. Especially when the only criteria by which he is going by is the fact that he grew poor in Detroit with a single mother. Not exactly doing the race that he calls his own any favors by equating the unfortunate circumstances of his youth with the "true black experience", but that's neither here nor there. It's absolutely absurd for Ben Carson to imply that he is more black than Barack Obama. Ben Carson is basically an old white Republican dude who happens to have black skin, while Barack Obama is the President that shoots hoops whenever he gets the chance, publicly announces his bracket every March Madness, and once said "folks that want to pop off..." during a nationally televised press conference. As far as blackness goes, Ben Carson is Russell Wilson to Barack Obama's Cam Newton. He is Klay Thompson to Barack's Draymond Green. If Ben Carson grew up engaging in freestyle battles on 8 Mile Road he would be Clarence from Cranbrook that got emasculated by Eminem.
Ben Carson is so nauseatingly conservative that he actually made me forget that he was African American. That's why his decision to basically call Barack Obama white was a genius public relations move. How else is he going to remind people he's black? You ever heard a white man question a black man's blackness? Exactly. Ben Carson just instantly darkened his image by comparing himself to the blackest President the United States has ever had. Challenging someone's blackness is the blackest thing you can possibly do. His decision to say "hey, I'm blacker than that black guy" brought attention to the fact that he is technically black. It's kinda like when Kanye West goes on those rants saying he's more influential than every other famous person in history. He doesn't have to be right, but the fact that he even makes you think about it means he's already won. Ben Carson stands no chance of winning the Presidency, but if he did it wouldn't on the strength of his racial ambiguity. It took him calling out the most powerful black man in the world for us to be like "oh yeah, there is a black guy running". I can't imagine his intentions ran any deeper than that, because...well...come on....