Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said in an interview Thursday evening that race issues are being used to manipulate Americans.
Carson said he saw issues with race "that would curl your hair" while growing up in Detroit during the 1950s and 1960s.
"You don't see that kind of stuff anymore. We've made so much progress, it's absolutely astonishing," Carson said during the interview conducted by Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins during the virtual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. "And yet, in this election season, everything is race. And, obviously, it's being manipulated along those lines. Things have changed so incredibly dramatically in this country, but in order to create the kind of chaos that's necessary to make people want a change, you divide them, you divide them in every way you possibly can: by race, by gender, by age, by income."
Those who are attempting to manipulate people ignore that Americans agree on 90% of issues, Carson said. Instead, they take the 10% of issues that are contested "and they just try to format that into the biggest thing in the world and keep throwing it in front of your face. Night after night, day after day."
"And you combine that with the fact that, because of our history, which is imperfect – you know slavery and Jim Crow and all of these things that have happened – it's relatively easy to convince some people, no matter how good their life is, that they're victims," Carson said. "And that somebody else has created that problem. And, at the same time, you take another segment of society – white people – and you convince them that they're guilty. They may be the nicest people in the world … but, because of the color of your skin, you are guilty and you owe. And it's a bad combination – guilt and victimhood – and it creates incredibly bad policies."
Carson is urging Americans to take a stand for their values and what they believe in.
"And if you believe in the freedoms that are guaranteed to us in our Constitution, including the First Amendment – freedom of religion, freedom of speech – but you don't stand up for what you believe in, you cower in the corner and hope no one calls you a racist or whatever other name, you're going to end up losing those freedoms," Carson said.