Carson Blames Feminism for Ferguson

There’s a reason why Ben Carson has become the new darling of the conservative movement. Well, two reasons. First, he’s black and black conservatives are so rare that they’re treated as superstars. Second, he has shown a real talent for blaming every bad thing on the things right wingers already hated. Now he’s blaming what happened in Ferguson on feminism. Yes, seriously.

“Certainly in a lot of our inner cities, in particular the black inner cities, where 73 percent of the young people are born out of wedlock, the majority of them have no father figure in their life. Usually the father figure is where you learn how to respond to authority. So now you become a teenager, you’re out there, you really have no idea how to respond to authority, you eventually run into the police or you run into somebody else in the neighborhood who also doesn’t know how to respond but is badder than you are, and you get killed or you end up in the penal system,” Carson said.

“If the so-called leaders were really interested in the community, they would be trying to deal with that problem, because that’s happening every single day,” he added.

When host Lauren Kitchen Stewards broke in to tie his remarks to young people’s “sense of entitlement,” Carson traced it all back to the women’s liberation movement.

“I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.’ ‘What’s in it for me?’ I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement. You know, ‘I’ve been taking care of my family, I’ve been doing that, what about me?’ You know, it really should be about us,” he said.

Hmmm. So the problem is that people are worried only about themselves and not about others. This was said by a guy who, by his own admission, grew up on welfare, without which he would likely not have been able to succeed in school as he did. And who is it that advocates for constant cuts to the programs that help other people, feminists or conservatives like Carson? I’m reminded of the Monty Python sketch: Their two weapons are demonization and fear. Their three weapons are demonization, fear and an astonishing gift for psychological projection.

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  • Larry

    He blames feminism but not Teh Gayz?

    What kind of RWNJ is this guy?

  • MartyM

    Here’s black conservative who runs an opinion column in a local conservative periodical.

    Thomas Sowell. His ramblings can be found here.

    http://westnewsmagazine.com/category/opinions/sowell

    and website here: http://www.tsowell.com/

    For a Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow The Hoover Institution Stanford University he levels ridiculous claims against the Obama administration and “liberalism”.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s got a point. The past was better when men were in charge, because men were in charge, and women had to depend on the men that were in charge, because men were in charge.

  • colnago80

    Shorter Ben Carson: keep women pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen.

  • raven

    Usually the father figure is where you learn how to respond to authority.

    This is so wrong.

    Whoever said mothers aren’t authority figures hasn’t met my mom. Or yours.

    When you are a child, adults in general and both of your parents in particular are “authority figures”.

  • raven

    I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement.

    Who were mostly white and well educated.

    Using Ben Carson’s total non-reasoning, the kids victimized by “women’s lib” and causing problems now should all be white, middle class, and well educated.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.’ ‘What’s in it for me?’

    It’s a good thing that conservatism these days is all about altruism instead of selfishness and greed. I mean, their desire to help the less fortunate, to share their wealth with those who are needy, to expand their privilege to those who suffer prejudice…. it brings a tear to your eye.

    Seriously, it brings a tear to your eye.

  • smrnda

    Since when did authority get an unconditional right to respect? If people in a region do not respect authority, maybe it’s because the authority is imposed on them from without, and does not give one steaming turd about their welfare?

    I think his suggesting is that our rich white overlords are entitled to self-interest, and anyone not content to be quiet and pick up the scraps is a trouble maker.

  • raven

    It’s a good thing that conservatism these days is all about altruism instead of selfishness and greed.

    Sure. That is why Ayn Rand was made a saint. It’s the whole basis of objectivism and Libertarianism. Not to mention trickle down economics.

  • abb3w

    @8ish, smrnda

    Since when did authority get an unconditional right to respect?

    Ever since stupid people have been baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations.

    That said, I suspect there may be axiomatically formalizable relationship, in so far as respect is recognition of an degree of actual authority. The unsubtle catch, of course, is that many authorities don’t deserve their reputation as such, and thus are warranted less respect than they are given.

    (One more subtle catch is in rigorous definition of what is meant by “authority”; but I think there’s some concepts from the theory of computation which can resolve that.)

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #9

    If the principles of Ayn Rand had been followed when Carson was a boy, he wouldn’t be in his current position.

  • moarscienceplz

    From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carson:

    Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sonya (née Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist Minister.[1] His parents were both from rural Georgia.[1] When he was 8 years old, his parents divorced and he and his 10-year-old brother, Curtis, were raised by their mother.

    Pot, meet Kettle.

  • iangould

    It’d probably benefit the whole discussion if people (not just conservatives like Carson) didn’t persist in portraying Fergson as an inner city slum.

    http://www.city-data.com/city/Ferguson-Missouri.html

    90% of adult residents graduated high school at minimum. 23% have a Bachelor’s degree or better.

    Unemployment is 75.% versus 7.4% fro the sate as a whole.

    Median household incomes is $36,000 per annum.

    Ferguson is not an inner city Ghetto, it’s an inner suburban area were whites have been moving out (probably due to the loss of unionized jobs in the region) and aspirational working class and lower middle class African-Americans have been moving in to take advantage of low rents and low housing prices.

    It’d help too if people took note that “Ferguson protesters” don’t necessarily come from Ferguson which is part of a much larger Greater St Louis conurbation.

  • naturalcynic

    ,,,you’re out there, you really have no idea how to respond to authority, you eventually run into the police or you run into somebody else in the neighborhood who also doesn’t know how to respond but is badder than you are, and you get killed or you end up in the penal system,” Carson said.

    Carson seems to be saying that the police should be ranked with neighborhood thugs as those with more harmful authority problems.

  • http://www.themindisaterriblething.com shripathikamath

    Not only did Carson grow up on welfare, he also nearly stabbed his friend to death, a belt buckle fortuitously saving him. Now that would be a thug, right?

    Hey, don’t look at me, National Review Online said so.

  • magistramarla

    iangould,

    When I was growing up in the St. Louis area, Ferguson was a stately old white neighborhood. My college friend grew up there, and her parents lived there. My hubby and I both taught in Florissant right after graduation in the late ’70s.

    The area was just beginning to be more diverse at that time.

    We left the area in ’81 when the hubby joined the AF. It makes me sad to see that those lovely old suburban towns have become so segregated. We thought that progress was happening then, but instead, St. Louis county has gone backward.

  • caseloweraz

    Carson: “I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.

    According to Wikipedia, Carson was born in 1951. Thus he would have been 9 at the start of the ’60s and lived most of his adolescence during that decade. So how is he immune?

  • caseloweraz

    And by the way, his being part of the “me generation” has nothing to do with his recent call for the federal government to help Americans first, amirite?