- Ben Carson has warned that the country risks destroying itself internally.
- He is the only black cabinet secretary in the Trump administration.
- There are calls to disband the police.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has countered calls to defund the police. According to the cabinet secretary, such a move will not solve the nation’s deep-seated socioeconomic problems. His comment comes in the wake of the George Floyd mass protests that have beset the country.
They have instigated calls to disband the police because of the rising cases of brutalism and racial profiling. Ben Carson has underlined that the country needs to come together in order to solve the racism issue. He has stressed that the problem is more of a social issue than a policy issue, and highlighted that fermenting division while trying to fight racism will not help.
The city of Minneapolis has already received enough votes supporting the disbandment of the police. In light of this, Carson has cautioned that low-income areas typically have high crime rates, and so law enforcement officers are needed in such zones.
He has apprised the public against making rash decisions driven by anger, and said that dialogue as a nation would foster progress.
“Well, it’s low-income communities where the police are needed the most. Places where there’s a lot of criminal activity, obviously you need to police. So, as usual, when people make decisions when they’re emotional, and they’re angry. They don’t think it through, and that’s what this, it will go away. When people have time to think it through and realize how irrational it is.”
Carson has also taken aim at what some see as the growing hatred towards the police in the aftermath of the George Floyd incident, and asserted that love should permeate the pursuit for justice. He has underlined that progress is only possible, starting at the personal level.
“We’re in the place where we say, ‘Well, the president has to do this, or the government has to do this, or the mayor has to do this.’ No, you have to do it. You start right with yourself in your own home.”
Sec. Carson has urged Americans not to demonize each other because they risk destroying the country “internally.” In his view, racism will always exist, but it is upon the black community to use this opportunity to bring awareness to the issue.
“Are there still racists around? Absolutely. There were yesterday, there are today, and there will be tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t fight it, and this is an opportune time, right now. People are concentrating on this. We can’t let this moment slip away.”
Carson has called upon politicians not to make racism a Democratic or Republican issue, but rather a national issue. As the only black cabinet secretary in the Trump administration, he is perceived to be a crucial advisor to the president on racial matters.
That said, however, the president is more intent on squashing the George Floyd protests than bringing together a fractured nation. He has, at times, threatened to bring out the military to counter protestors.