SPOILER: they weren't good things.
Yesterday, newly-minted Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson set a new high for White House absurdity after stating in a press conference that slaves were actually "immigrants" coming to "work for less" in America with the hope of building a future for their families. People have already explained in great detail how and why those statements are not an accurate reflection of history, so instead we rounded up some of the funniest reactions from social media.
Check out all the posts below and share your own reactions in the comments. We can't wait to see what Carson cooks up next – maybe that projects are actually metropolitan high-rise fixer-uppers?
There appears to be another racial draft brewing. The last one occurred because of Stacey Dash.
In a Dave Chappelle draft, Ben Carson would be impossible to trade. You'd just have to cut him and play a man down.— Sal Masekela (@SalMasekela) March 7, 2017
Question: Is Ben Carson on the trade block for the racial draft? If so, how long?! Where's Dave Chappelle when you need him?— Sángo (@SangoBeats) March 7, 2017
@muchluvfromnina Are u down for the trade of Ben Carson for Adele?— BBM (@BgcmaniaTv) March 7, 2017
And now for the hate...
Ben Carson is a MFn Idiot...— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 7, 2017
Ben Carson has never knocked on a desk to make the sweet sounds of the "Real Love" beat of course he thinks slaves were immigrants.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants because he's been hypnotized and is waiting for someone to snap a picture. He's just crying out 🙃 pic.twitter.com/vPOpz4ApPt— Nicole Tinson (@Nikki_T) March 6, 2017
ben carson is definitely in the sunken place.— king crissle (@crissles) March 6, 2017
OK!! Ben Carson....I can't! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson referred to slaves as "Immigrants With A Dream" this nigga the coon of the year— Zak (@Forest__Hump) March 6, 2017
Everyone at Ben Carson right now. pic.twitter.com/dmGQT516zb— Indigo Commentaries (@Indi_Comments) March 6, 2017
Ben Carson got me thinking that brain surgery can't be all that hard.— Theo Three Stacks (@_KingComplex) March 7, 2017
Ben Carson said slaves were immigrants who came for a better life pic.twitter.com/wS9nKD6OeU— Chris Smith (@Lilyachttty) March 7, 2017