Dr. Ben Carson spent part of his Easter Sunday popular New York R&B radio station WBLS, and on that Holy day he generated some headlines with his comments on faith.
“We need to reestablish faith in our communities and the values and principles that got us through slavery, that got us through Jim Crow, and segregation, and all kinds of horrible things that were heaped upon us,” Carson said, as Business Insider reports. “Why were we able to get through those? Because of our faith, because of our family, because of our values, and as we allow the hip-hop community to destroy those things for us, and as we grasp onto what’s politically correct and not what is correct, we continue to deteriorate.”
As Newsmax reports, a caller pushed back, and eventually the host had Carson clarify his comments:
… a caller to the station told Carson that hip-hop had actually been a positive force in the black community, and the host was quick to agree with the caller.
“When you said ‘hip-hop,’ my antennae went up very quickly, because I said, ‘Wait a minute, that sounds like an old argument that they used to make about rock ‘n’ roll/R&B back in the ’50s,” the host said.
Carson responded that he was talking about specific elements of hip-hop and not the hip-hop community as a whole.
“When I talk about the hip-hop community, I’m talking about the aspect of modern society that pretty much dismisses anything that has to do with Jesus Christ, that’s what I’m talking about,” Carson said.
Carson invoking Jesus led to some outlets, Mediaite among them, to hyperventilate, as usual.
Ben Carson Defines ‘Hip Hop’ as Opposing ‘Anything That Has to Do with Jesus Christ’