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.