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Leslie Jones Wants 'To Fight' Ben Carson Over Remarks

| by Brendan Kelly

Comedian Leslie Jones tweeted her outrage about something said by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, but was promptly shut down when followers pointed out one small fact.

Carson called slaves "immigrants" during a speech to HUD employees, reports USA Today.

"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less," Carson said in his speech. "But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

Many were outraged by Carson's comments, including "Saturday Night Live's" Leslie Jones. Jones took to her Twitter page to share her anger.

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"I want to fight Ben Carson!!" Jones tweeted on March 7. "Cash me outside muthaf***a! How bout dat!! #Slaveswerenotimmigrants F***FACE!!"

Twitter users wasted no time pointing out that former President Barack Obama has also referred to slaves as "immigrants," according to BizPac Review.

Sean Davis of The Federalist responded to Jones' tweet, "I've got some bad news for you," and attached a link to an article pointing out several instances in when Obama referred to slaves as immigrants.

According to the article, during a 2015 speech at the National Archives and Records Administration, Obama said, "Certainly, it wasn't easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves."

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Davis later tweeted that Jones blocked his Twitter account for tweeting the article to her.

Jones was not the only person outraged by Carson's remarks. According to USA Today, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton responded to the news by tweeting, "This can't be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017."

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect issued a statement on Twitter condemning Carson's remarks:

TRAGIC, SHOCKING AND UNACCEPTABLE. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson today spoke to department employees and referred to slaves as immigrants.

"This is as offensive a remark as it gets," said Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. "No Secretary Carson. Slaves didn't immigrate to America. They were brought here violently, against their own will, and lived here without freedom. You do not get a pass because you are African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to #Antisemitism because he has Jewish relatives. Wrong is wrong, Secretary Carson. We condemn your statement, and suggest you try this one instead: #BlackLivesMatter."

Sources: BizPac ReviewUSA TodayThe Federalist / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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