Carson to Jackson on Brown Shooting: ‘Not Sure This Is a Police vs. Black Community Issue’
Today on “Fox News Sunday,” Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Ben Carson discussed race and the death of Michael Brown.
Chris Wallace pressed Jackson on his remarks that the shooting death was a “state execution.” Jackson said that the 18-year-old was shot six times and was unarmed.
But Wallace noted that reports say Brown was charging at the officer and may have hit him in the face.
“If we don’t know,” he asked, “why are we declaring a verdict?”
“It seems to me the police act as judge, jury and executioner,” Jackson said.
Carson stressed that the issues are much bigger and cannot be resolved in a short segment. Still, he said, “I’m not sure this is a police versus black community issue.”
Carson recalled his youth, during which he said he had anger issues and even tried to stab someone.
“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,” he said. However, he noted that there are problems with race in America – yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Jackson maintained that there is a race dimension to the story.
“It seems to me that when blacks kill whites – which is rare – it’s swift justice. When whites kill blacks, it’s rebellion. When it’s black on black, there’s shrug of the shoulder, a kind of permissiveness,” he said.
Carson said people must get involved in the process and start voting. He also said that what changed him was that his mother made him read books, and he read about people of accomplishment.
“What I came to understand is that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life, it’s you. It’s not the environment and it’s not somebody else. […] we must re-instill the can-do attitude in America not the ‘what can you do for me’ what ‘have you done for me’ attitude,” Carson said.
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