Marc Lamont Hill: Carson’s Race Remarks Were ‘Racial Amnesia and Racial Blindness’

Morehouse College Professor and CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill stated that GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks on race were “a step further into racial amnesia and racial blindness” on Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield.”

Hill said, “Well, one, I think that his answer is very different than Barack Obama. And I disagreed with Barack Obama’s response, too, back in 2004, 2006. I actually thought it was an awful answer then, too, because there is a black America, and there very clearly is a white America. But what Ben Carson was saying was even a step further into racial amnesia and racial blindness. And that is that he was essentially saying that race isn’t real, that, you know, when you cut people on, and you operate as a doctor, you realize that the human body is one thing, and race is some kind of social fiction. And the truth is, race is very real. Race might not be a biological reality, but it is a social construct. It may not effect the physical body, but it effects the body politic. And Ben Carson, I’m sure he scored big points with Republicans, big points with the base, because they want to be race deniers. They want to ignore the existence of race. And when you have a black Republican, who is willing to stand up and say race doesn’t matter, in a certain kind of way, it will score big points. They will continue to hate certain people and love him, and that’s a problem.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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