Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made a curious statement in a Wednesday interview when he suggested the flawed economic and social systems in the US are not actually the cause of poverty. Apparently Carson believes that people only live in poverty because they choose to have the “wrong mindset”.
According to The Washington Post, Carson told reporter Armstrong Williams on a SiriusXM interview that he thinks “poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind”.
“You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there,” Carson said in the radio interview. “And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”
Carson, who grew up poor but rose to fame and fortune as a neurosurgeon before becoming a Republican presidential hopeful in 2015, has had brushes with political incorrectness before. In one of his first speeches as HUD secretary, Carson infamously referred to slaves as “immigrants,” and was predictably slapped down by Twitter in response, reported Raw Story.
“There’s also a poverty of spirit. You develop a certain mindset,” Carson said in the interview.
Should we assume that Carson will set up a mindset correctness tour to teach poverty stricken people the proper mindest to help them out of their situation?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)