• Ben Carson: BlackLivesMatter Needs to Stop the Bullying

    Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson spoke critically of the Black Lives Movement Friday during a bus tour of Ferguson Friday, where one of the movement’s icons, Michael Brown, was slain.

    Brown’s shooting death in August 2014 by a white police officer as he violently resisted arrest ignited the Black Lives Movement.

    Carson, the only African-American running for the presidential nomination of either major party, called Brown a “bad actor” and said touring Ferguson “conjures up an image of the people being unwilling to actually face the facts.”

    It is what it is, he said.

    “I think the community is unwilling to face the fact that Michael Brown was a bad actor,” Carson told  CBS News reporter Major Garrett.

    He slammed the Black Lives Movement as bullies of political correctness.

    “It’s foisting yourself on people – rather than engaging in dialogue – and bullying people,” he said. “I never liked the idea of bullying on behalf of anybody.”

    “There’s an underlying bullying to ‘political correctness’,” he added

    Carson said the Black Lives Matter movement should change its name to “All Black Lives Matter.”

    It is a matter of nuance, he said.

     “My beef with the Black Lives Matter movement has been, I think they need to add a word. And that word is ‘All.’ All Black Lives Matter,” said Carson. “Including the ones that are eradicated by abortions, including the ones that are eradicated on the streets every day by violence. We need to be looking at all the factors that have kept the black community in a very dependent position for decades.””

    He also emphasized that police supporters should acknowledge that not all policing is ‘pristine’ and that respect must go both ways.

    “It is very important that police are taught to be respectful of everyone,” he said. “One lady was talking about the fact that she woke up, her son woke up, and said: ‘There are police out there all over the place! There are armored vehicles out there!’ She went outside, a policeman was walking on the sidewalk, and she asked him: ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘nothing.’ That’s not respectful. We need to make sure that respect is offered in both directions.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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