In an op-ed in USA Today, Republican presidential contender Ben Carson wrote that the Black Lives Matter movement is distracting people from the real problems facing black communities.

"The Black Lives Matter movement is focused on the wrong targets," Carson wrote.

He asserted that the real problems aren't police officers, but a lack of job opportunities for young people, parents who don't have the skills to compete and violence that tears neighborhoods apart.

Carson said on "The Kelly File" tonight that many black people think like he does, but it's very risky to speak out.

"Then you'll be called a name, you'll be scorned," Carson explained. "And that is what the established, progressive party wants."

He said that progressives want to demonize anybody who voices dissent, in order to maintain their power.

"It doesn't do any good to pat people on the head and give them all the little things they need, so they're satisfied in a state of dependency," Carson said. "That's exactly what we don't need. That's killing us."

Watch the "Kelly File" interview above.


Sheriff Clarke: 'Black LIES Matter' Not Concerned With Black-on-Black Crime

Gutfeld to Black Lives Matter: 'Why Should Whites Talk to You If You Think Whites Are All Bad?'

Carly Fiorina: 'Black Lives Have Been Diminished Under Democratic Policies'