Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been acting braindead lately, and Samuel L. Jackson is calling him out for it on Twitter. Yesterday, the former Republican presidential candidate and current head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) referred to slaves as "immigrants" when addressing HUD employees on Monday.
"There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, 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," Carson said.
To put things in perspective, approximately 12.5 million people were herded aboard slave ships in Africa and sent across the Atlantic during America's slave trade. That's more than the entire population of Ohio. And if everyone in the Buckeye State disappeared one night and were later found working to death in chains halfway across the country, you probably wouldn't refer to that as 'out-sourcing.'
Moreover, approximately 1.7 million of those slaves died on the way to America -- or to use Carson's terms, they 'immigrated to the afterlife.'
As you can imagine, actor Samuel L. Jackson wasn't having any of this. When he heard about Carson's remarks, he tweeted out this blistering response.
OK!! Ben Carson....I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
Jackson wasn't the only one rebuking Carson on Twitter. Here are some of the top tweets regarding his remarks.
The comedian-turned-filmmaker responded to Carson by riffing on his hit directorial debut 'Get Out', which is in theaters right now.
"Now you're in the Sunken Place" pic.twitter.com/e29hs8d60g— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 7, 2017
The New York Times bestselling author and documentary filmmaker offered a satirical translation of Carson's statement.
Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came over here & worked for less. By "came" you mean FORCED and by "less" you mean NOTHING— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) March 6, 2017
The star of the Instagram series 'The Girl Who's Never Been on a Date' reminded Carson of the difference between slave ship and cruise ship.
Meanwhile, Whoopi offered suggestions for reading material that might rehabilitate Carson.
Ben Carson..please read or watch Roots, most immigrants come here VOLUNTARILY,cant't really say the same about the slaves..they were stolen— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) March 6, 2017
The Anne Frank Center
The American branch of The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect -- an international human and civil rights group -- denounced Carson's remarks and turned his gaffe into an opportunity to trumpet the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The Emmy Award winning comedian used the tweet to highlight some other problems with America's labor system.
"I apologize for referring to slaves as 'immigrants.' I meant to say 'interns.'" -- Ben Carson, tomorrow— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 7, 2017
Matthew A. Cherry
The former NFL wide receiver and current filmmaker saw potential for a Wizard of Oz reboot in Carson's remarks. Guess that makes Donald Trump the Cowardly Lyin'.
Ben Carson: A neurosurgeon without a brain. Sounds like a character from the Wizard Of Oz. pic.twitter.com/rKGjoteCrN— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) March 7, 2017
The legendary pop diva broke out the all caps for this one.
BEN CARSON JUST REFERRED 2 SLAVES AS IMMIGRANTS😱— Cher (@cher) March 7, 2017
WHO R THESE🚽PEOPLE ⁉️IMMIGRANTS CAME BY CHOICE,
SLAVES CAME IN⛓,STACKED IN BOTTOM OF SHIPS
Meanwhile, rapper-turned-actor Ice T kept his sentiments short and sweet -- well, short and surly.
Ben Carson is a MFn Idiot...— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 7, 2017
The former South Carolina state representative wanted to keep others from getting embroiled in the controversy, so he offered this protip for today's water-cooler talk.
Pro tip: this morning do not have a conversation at work with your black friend about how Ben Carson "may be right".— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) March 7, 2017
Banner image: twitter.com/@SamuelLJackson