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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson is trying to reinvigorate his campaign for Republican presidential nomination by becoming the latest to question Barack Obama’s blackness ahead of critical upcoming votes.

The retired neurosurgeon, hovering near the bottom of the GOP field, said in a series of recent interviews that Obama was “raised white” and doesn’t represent the “black experience” in the United States.

“He didn’t grow up like I grew up,” Carson, the only black major party candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said on MSNBC. “Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”

He also told Politico’s “Off Message” podcast released Tuesday that the president was “raised white.”

Carson has come under racial criticism himself, but his comments helped him break through the cacophony of speeches and interviews by provocative front runner Donald Trump and rivals Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. Carson came in near the bottom in last week’s GOP primary in South Carolina, and faces a struggle in the Super Tuesday primaries March 1.

Carson’s “lashing out. His campaign is on its last leg,” said Leah Wright Rigueur, a professor of public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. “Here’s a chance for him to reinsert himself into the national conversation and rile up the base.”

“His comments are not geared toward black audiences; they’re geared toward white conservatives,” Rigueur added.

Carson has leveled race-based attacks before, saying in 2013 “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” And he’s suggested he is still waiting to see evidence of racial bias by U.S. law enforcement agencies.

But even as Carson questions Obama’s “blackness,” he’s complaining about being politically and racially typecast. While Obama, once a curiosity because his mother was white and his father was black, has been fully embraced by many black Americans as one of their own. Carson, however, has lost some admiration that many blacks held for his life story and medical accomplishments as his conservative views won praise in heavily white Republican circles.

“They assume because you’re black, you have to think a certain way,” Carson said in the Politico interview. “And if you don’t think that way, you’re ‘Uncle Tom,’ you’re worthy of every horrible epithet they can come up with; whereas, if I weren’t black, then I would just be a Republican.”

Angela Johnson Meadows, who worked for Diversity Best Practices, an organization that promotes diversity, says that view combined with Carson’s comments on Obama are “ironic and a bit hypocritical.”

Meadows defined a black experience as something that can happen to a black person, or to someone who identifies as black. For example, she said, many blacks have roots in the South, are church-going, love soul food, and other things that make up a “black experience” — but those things alone do not define blackness, she said.

“I don’t think that if you don’t experience those things you are not black or not living a black experience,” she said.

Carson not the first to level “blackness” criticism at Obama.

In a 2011 interview on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” longtime critic Cornel West said Obama, as the son of an African father and a white mother, “always had to fear being a white man with black skin. … All he has known culturally is white.”

Similarly, media magnate Rupert Murdoch said on Twitter in October: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else,” Murdoch tweeted. He later apologized.

Carson’s criticisms are aimed at winning white conservatives voting in upcoming contests, experts said.

“He’s lost whatever stakes and resonance he had in black America with his previous achievements by the blight of his GOP campaign,” said Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, adding that Carson “has outright attacked black people in some instances,” been critical of black culture and “strategically de-emphasized” racial identity as a necessity.

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30 thoughts on “Ben Carson Says Obama Was ‘Raised White’ And Doesn’t Represent The Black Experience

  1. I prefer a black kid being raised by white woman who grows up to love his black people, his black women, and his black community than a black person who was raised by two black people who act like he does not like being black, do not associate too much with blacks because he bitter towards blacks and black issues which ALL races have issues, and talk in a way to “talk down” to blacks with his white wife.

  2. Why a man that has admitted that he has Anger Management Problems, and tried to stab someone is running for President is totally beyond me. I wonder if he has mental issues….. I’m just sayin’

  3. Excuse you chris*—-I could care less about Robert Byrd being a Democrat. If I remember correctly-Byrd was one of those “DixieCrats” back in the day along with the likes of Trent Lott, and that cracker who had a child by his Black maid-Strum Thurmond.

    As for me being a hypocrite-I don’t think so. —-The issue of RACE is very relevant in this 21st century!!!!!! If you can’t hang with the big dawgs-keep your ass on the PORCH!!!!!!!!!

    What else you got boy?????????????????????????????????????

    • Timekeeeper on said:

      Hi Linda.
      Don’t be mad at chris, have pity on him. It takes a really sorry , pitiful no account individual with so much imbedded hatred to spew out the kind of racial epiphets he has displayed. It takes a dark , lifeless individual to go day after day, blog after blog to seek .out victims of his unquenched thirst for division. Just keep putting it out there ’cause you are on point.
      The next step for people like him is a reprobate mind.

      • TK, Wow, you know me so well, no account, reprobate mind? Be careful using those big words, you’ll get a headache. Which epiTHets are you speaking of. I never bring up race, just the hypocrisy of the left. Take a look at the list of Obama’s many lies, defend him.

    • You remembered incorrectly. Bill Clinton eulogized/apologized for Byrd as a great democrat and said Byrd made up for his discretions later in life. Give me a break.
      You are a hypocrite, you look the other way when a democrat is wrong. I gave you over thirty lies, that I could think of, from your false idol Obama and you ignore it. You keep playing the race card, but not one of my post mentions race.

  4. Arthur Childress on said:

    Thank God it will all be over soon. Dr Carson, your embarrassing, mis-guided, ego-driven campaign will end and you like Herman Cain will become a footnote. Sad thing is you had a great legacy that is now tarnished forever.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Yep, I was thinking the same thing this morning, his legacy is tarnished. He will now go down in history along with H. Cain as the white man’s flunky. Used and thrown out like yesterday’s garbage. He’s not even light enough to have a place on the porch but yet he keeps trying to climb those steps. Pitiful excuse for a black man, downplaying President Obama’s blackness. I had way more respect when he was that black neurosurgeon who separated the conjoined twins. Sit down you’re dismissed Ben.

  5. name calling when you can’t get more that 5% in any state, if you were being yourself you probably would be doing better than you are.

  6. Timekeeeper on said:

    Obama doesn’t understand the black experience? Barack has dealt with more racism in the past 7 years than Ben Carson has faced in his entire life. I am confident that a child with mixed parents in the 60’s and 70’s was an extreme challenge unto itself. Carson really reached deep into the caverns of his AH ( go wash your hands Ben) in order to pull this one out. And if Mr. Carson really wants to know and understand the black experience. Just denounce some of the GOP racism , or say something decent about Obama and see how quickly those bigots that have been clapping for you will suddenly throw you under the bus. Just ask Colin Powell.

  7. specialt757 on said:

    “He was raised by a white she devil that taught him how to lie:”

    Who was Cruz, Rubio, Trump, Jeb raised by? Weren’t they raised by white she-devils that taught them to lie also?
    Stay out of that library.

    • Bootlicking, bootlicker, I love that. When an intelligent black man doesn’t toe the line for the leftist, who keep black folk in their place, he’s called a bootlicker.

      • And when blacks do not do what conservative wants, they want to say those blacks are sheep and use racial undertone to belittle blacks. So what your point Chris?

  8. chris*–You are one HATEFUL POS—why do you troll the BAW website–you need to stay in your own lane–the KKK/Aryan Nation websites!!!!!!!!

    • Linda, I gave you a list of lies your idol spewed out and you choose to ignore them.
      The other day you were so glad that the University in Alabama was taking down the name of KKK John Tyler Morgan, BUT you said nothing about my post about Robert Byrd.
      .
      If we’re going to remove the Confederate flag from display, what about the more than 50 public buildings, bridges, roads, dams, and highways named after Robert Byrd? He was a Democrat who served as a U.S. Representative from 1953-1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959-2010. Before his career in politics, Byrd created a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in West Virginia. Byrd became a KKK recruiter and was elected the top officer (Exalted Cyclops). He once said: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

      LOOK AT THAT LAST LINE. WHY DO YOU DISREGARD WHAT HE SAID? OH, I KNOW, BECAUSE HE WAS A DEMOCRAT. WERE YOU HAPPY WHEN HE DIED LIKE YOU WERE FOR SCALIA?

      YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE LINDA. YOU LOVE PLAYING THE RACE CARD WHEN IT FITS YOUR AGENDA.

  9. Carson needs to go sit down and STFU!!!!!!
    Every time this asshole opens his mouth-something STUPID comes out!!!!!

    President Obama was primarily raised by his single White mother and her parents–so what!
    That does not mean that Obama did not understand the “black experience” and what it means
    to be a man of color in this country!!!!!!

    • He was raised by a white she devil that taught him how to lie:
      I only heard about Hillary Clintons email account when I saw it on the news.
      The Taliban is not a terrorist organization
      I just heard about Gruber before I came to this press conference.
      We have ebola under control.
      Clapper gave me wrong Intel. It’s his fault.
      I promised to end the war in Iraq and I did.
      I never ordered the Taliban swap it was Hagel
      Not even a smidgeon of corruption
      I only found out about it when I saw it on the news.
      We won’t negotiate with terrorists.
      I will have the most transparent administration in history.
      I have Shovel ready jobs.
      The IRS is not targeting anyone.
      Benghazi was about a movie.
      If I had a son.
      I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.
      You didn’t build that.
      I will restore trust in Government.
      The cops acted stupidly.
      I am not after your guns.
      The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk.
      It’s not my red line it is the worlds red line.
      Whistle blowers will be protected.
      We got back Every Dime we Used to Rescue the Banks, with interest.
      I will close Gitmo.
      I am not spying on American citizens.
      ObamaCare will be good for America.
      You can keep your family doctor.
      Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
      If you like your plan, you can keep it. Period.
      We’ll put it on C-Span.
      57 states.
      Your taxes will not go up unless you make more than 250K a year.
      I will cut the deficit in half in 3 1/2 years or this will be a one term proposition.
      The recession is over.
      I’m not an ideologue.
      We will get to the bottom of this.
      I will not sign the NDAA bill.
      Reverend Wright
      Bill Ayers
      no lobbyists in my administration.
      I’ll go through the budget line by line.

      • Now listed the conservatives? Also, most of the things you listed is not lies but his opinion (about the if I had a son, which is his RIGHT to feel. Rev Wright-who was right in what he said. THis man grew up with real racism, etc). Everything else is just politics and what Congress kept him from doing. Did President Obama make some mistakes, I sure he did just like EVERYONE but overall, I thinkhe did a great job. i am doing great.

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