Brilliant! Carson vs Jackson on Ferguson and Race

   < < Go Back
from Real Clear Politics

JACKSON: Well, it seems to me that the police acted as judge, jury, and executioner. And even on the worst scenario, if he had hit him in the face, does that require at a distance, I was there where he’d been shot, about 20 feet, does that mean you shoot him six times, four times at point blank range? I don’t think so.

WALLACE: Dr. Carson, what do you think of what Reverend Jackson has been saying?

DR. BEN CARSON, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, you know, I think the issues are really much bigger than what has been portrayed to be. And it can’t be resolved in a short segment like this. But, you know, I’ve seen police excessive living in inner city Detroit and inner city Boston. But I’ve seen a lot more situations where the police saved the situation. And I’m not sure that this is a police versus black community issue.

You know, as a youngster, you know, I had anger problems also. But for the grace of God, I wouldn’t be talking to you today. I tried to stab another youngster with a knife. A belt buckle saved him. You know, anger issues get in the way. And if you take race out of the issue altogether, and you take a group of young men and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they’re very likely to end up as victims of violence or incarceration. It has nothing to do with race. So, yes, is there racism? Are there problems? Yes. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But we need to start looking at bigger issues here. We only have 320 million people in this country. We’re on a global stage where we are competing with countries with over 1 billion people. We have to save all of our people. They are all precious. And we have to develop our resources appropriately.

More From Real Clear Politics: