Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson (video below) recently claimed the Black Lives Matter movement benefits "powerful white liberal funders."
In an opinion piece this week for USA Today, Carson said Black Lives Matter members have protested speeches by Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — who is white and liberal — to benefit "powerful white liberal funders," whom he did not name, for unidentified "political purposes."
Carson also wrote: "The notion that some lives might matter less than others is meant to enrage. That anger is distracting us from what matters most. We're right to be angry, but we have to stay smart."
"Of course, the protesters are right that racial policing issues exist and some rotten policemen took actions that killed innocent people," Carson added. "Those actions were inexcusable and they should be prosecuted to deter such acts in the future."
ThinkProgress reported earlier this month that Carson laughed to himself during a speech at the U.S. Capitol where he ridiculed the Black Lives Matter movement:
"We need to talk about what the real issues are and not get caught up in silliness like this matters or that matters.
"Of course all lives matter. I don’t want to get into it, it’s so silly. Black lives are part of all lives, right? When we’re talking about a culture of life, then we ought to be talking about a culture of life and not allow ourselves to get caught up in all the divisive rhetoric and terminology and political correctness. It’s the reason we can’t make any progress as a society."
Carson went on to claim in his USA Today op-ed that "unjust treatment from police" didn't cause unemployment, hopelessness or a lack of skills in the inner cities, but didn't mention the black people who are being discriminated against when it comes to hiring, a key point made by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Carson then described the dangerous neighborhoods where he grew up, and added that his mother, "saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card."
Carson said the Black Lives Matter movement "could learn from her to focus on the real sources of our hopelessness."
Carson then advocated marches on the board of education because he said, "our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones and twos, but in whole generations."
Carson claimed that "schools don’t teach and our children don’t learn," and went on to blame the "teachers unions."
Carson provided no proof that the teachers unions are destroying public education, but instead turned his attention to the "entertainment industry" that is making money by "glamorizing a life where black men are thugs and our women are trash."
As an example, Carson pointed to the movie trailer for "Straight Outta Compton."
Carson slammed politicians for fighting the "War on Poverty," which he claims wasted $19 trillion. He called President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" social programs a "great American failure."
The Washington Post reported in 2013 on a Columbia University study that showed "the portion of Americans in poverty fell from 26 percent in 1967 to 16 percent in 2012" when Johnson's social safety-net programs were counted in.
Carson also urged people to tell the Democratic Party: "We don’t want to be clothed, fed and housed. We want honor and dignity."
Carson failed to mention that the Democratic Party has consistently fought for a higher minimum wage, against job discrimination, for more opportunities for minorities in the marketplace and more funding for education.
Carson also demanded that people tell the Republican Party that "they have ignored us for too long. They need to invite us in and listen to us. We need to communicate and find a different way."
When Carson was interviewed about the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting, which helped start the Black Lives Matter movement, in December 2014, he lamented out-of-wedlock births and lack of father figures in inner-city families, which he traced and blamed all the way back to the women's liberation movement, reported RightWingWatch.org (video below).