Thursday Open Thread | Ben Carson Tells Homeless Woman To Get Married

This came across my Twitter Feed, and I got so mad reading it, I had to share.

Ben Carson Tells A Black Woman To Escape Poverty She Needs To Get Married

The former doctor spit out an offensive talking point that comes straight from Fox News.

Written By Parker Riley

Posted 9 hours ago

Ben Carson is doing his best to make people forget he is unqualified to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). From the beginning, his mission appears to be to prevent low-income people from obtaining fair housing. For example, Carson has blocked an Obama-era Small Area Fair Market Rent rule, which would give low-income people better access to schools and jobs, a mandate that was supposed to go into effect on January 1st. He also wants to kick people out of HUD if they don’t work a requirement of 32 hours per week. Regardless of if there are little-to-no jobs in an area, if the jobs are paying a starvation wage or if the job is only 20 hours a week. Of course, he famously said people are “too comfortable” in poverty. Carson appears too comfortable at HUD with a $31,000 office dining room set, his family’s allegedly too involved in HUD and employees filing lawsuits against him.

That said, in a clear effort to clean up his heartless image, on Tuesday Carson visited Winridge Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee. He met with a woman named Shakila Boyd who was once homeless with her child and was saved because of HUD programs (more than likely, the HUD programs under the Obama administration). According to Fox 13 in Memphis, she said, “I’m going back to school now and everything,” Boyd said through tears while holding her daughter, K’Yanna. “I have a house. They helped me get a job and I’m doing better now.”

Carson’s response to Shakila’s story? He believes the way to stop poverty is for more peopleto get married. “Number one: finish high school. Number two: get married. Number three: wait until you get married to have children,” Carson said. “Just those three things, and you’re two percent less likely to live in poverty.” Obviously, getting your education and waiting to have children until you are ready to have children will reduce poverty. But the deeply misinformed Ben Carson is completely wrong about marriage reducing poverty. Countless studies have proven you cannot marry yourself out of poverty. This is a recycled talking point from the conservative right that Carson has the nerve to spit out in front of a woman who poured her heart out. As Kristi Williams of the Ohio State University told The New York Times in 2015, “It isn’t that having a lasting and successful marriage is a cure for living in poverty. Living in poverty is a barrier to having a lasting and successful marriage.”

I’ve told you numerous times why I can’t stand Carson. Man grew up getting every Government program that there was, back when it actually meant something. If he grew up in these times, nobody would overlook his ‘ youthful indiscretions’. He’d have been solidly in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Then, he takes a job that he’s completely unqualified for and proceeds to try and grift – him and his entire family. He absolutely disgusts me, and is turning away from the FAIR HOUSING goal that is the core of HUD’s mission. I can’t wait for when he’s measured for his orange jumpsuit.