Ben Carson Says Obama Was ‘Raised White’


Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says President Barack Obama cannot truly understand the Black experience.

Why? Because he was “raised white.”

“He’s an ‘African’ American,” Carson said during an interview with Politico’s Off Message. “He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of Black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”

During the interview which aired Tuesday, the retired neurosurgeon suggested that his upbringing reflects the Black experience more than President Obama’s.

“You know, I did not. I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

After his appearance on Off Message, Carson was asked to elaborate on his controversial comments about the president by MSNBC Host Thomas Roberts:

“The fact of the matter is, you know, he did not grow up in Black America. He grew up in white America,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that when a claim is made that he represents the Black experience, it’s just not true.”

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