I was reading the comments of our new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson last night, where he said, “That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
Which elicited this response from actor and film producer Samuel L. Jackson:
OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants ? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAFUKKA PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017
Which had me looking up Jackson’s bio, where it said:
In August 2013, he started a vegan diet for health reasons, explaining that he is “just trying to live forever”, and attributes a 40 lb weight loss to his new diet.
Two comments. One, slaves did not work for less, they worked for nothing. Slaves were distinct from immigrants not least of which because they were owned; immigrants were free. Slaves, in fact, were counted as three-fifths of a person for election purposes.
Two, vegan diets are high-carb diets. Low-carb enthusiasts claim you cannot lose weight on a high-carb diet, that carbohydrates make you fat.