Rape Survivor Explains Why She Supports The Second Amendment [VIDEO] – Daily Caller


On May 12, 2006, Kimberly Corban was asleep in her college bedroom when a complete stranger raped her.

She thought those was her last moments on earth, as he tried killing her soul by brutally assaulting her body. This assault, her 911 calland her decisions afterward changed the trajectory of her entire life.

Now, she believes your greatest courage comes from your worst struggles. She has vowed never to be vulnerable again as she has learned more about self-protection, including how to use a firearm.

With her help and courage, her rapist was caught and convicted in 2007. She has also become a role model and an inspiration to a multitude of other young people who are learning how to protect themselves.

Last week, the head-turning, entrepreneurial TurningPointUSA launched the Trigger Warning Campus Tour, featuring Corban talking about her story and what students can do. Her motto is being a victim is never a choice, but becoming a survivor is.

I dont carry because I worry about what could happen. I carry because I already know.

There are no promises once citizens learn and train how to use a firearm, but the way you train or how much you know or what you choose to carry is going to be one more tool in your toolbox, Corban says. Safety and security are multi-layered, she says, mentioning dogs, security systems, and mace.

The Daily Caller News Foundation filmed Corban at Conservative Political Action Conference after her Armed and Fabulous panel. She spoke along with Kristi McMains, Katie Pavlich, Antonia Okaforand Ashlee Lundvall.

In this interview, Corban tells how she met Kristi McMains, a Louisville attorney attacked in January 2016. The two met in 2016 at the NRA annual meeting. Kristi had been so moved by Corbans story that she began carrying a gun for self-protection only to find within weeks her life was threatened by a man with a knife. Kristi says she was alive because of Corban, who told her story and changed McMains life.

Corban says at the first meeting last year, they ugly cried. Then, at CPAC, Corban was a proud mom hearing McMains tell her story for the first time.

Corban says she avoids movies that glorify rape. She says, what its like to have your soul murdered is never accurately depicted. I dont seek out fictional depictions of it in movies because theres enough of it in real life.

For more on Kimberly Corban see her website, the NRA ad she was inand her interaction with former President Obama, who she voted for in 2008, at a CNN town hall in 2016 about gun control here or follow her on Twitter @Kimberly_Corban.

Videographer Sean Moody is credited with the video work for this piece.

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These Networks Are Now Airing Once Banned Atheist Commercial – CBN News

For the first time, an ad inviting viewers to join the Freedom from Religion Foundation is airing on multiple cable news networks.

The 30 second spot features Ron Reagan proudly proclaiming his atheist views.

It originally aired in 2014, but had been refused by CBS, NBC, ABC and Discovery. The ad had aired on some regional network markets, as well as CNN and Comedy Central.

Now the spot will run on “Morning Joe” and the “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC through March 12. It will also return to CNN.

Michael Reagan, the adopted son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is boycotting MSNBC and CNN for airing the commercial featuring his atheist brother.

Now a conservative commentator, Michael Reagan took to Twitter to denounce the ad and called for a boycott of media outlets running it.

He said his father was “crying in heaven” about Ron’s endorsement of the atheistic organization.

“Our father is crying in heaven! MSBNC, CNN airing FFRF’s Ron Reagan endorsement ad – Freedom From Religion Foundation,” he tweeted.

He also wrote, “I AM BOYCOTTING BOTH. MSNBC, CNN, airing FFRF’s Ron Reagan endorsement ad – Freedom From Religion Foundation.”

Michael Reagan tweeted this response when asked about the ad.

“Not upset with Ron as much as CNN and MSNBC for reairing it…3 years later as we begin the Holy Days leading up to Easter,” he wrote.

“I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government,” Ron Reagan says in the ad.

“That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended.”

He ends the ad with a wry smile, saying, “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”

According to the New American, Michael had seen the ad back in 2014.

“I remember having dinner with my father – with our family,” he recalled. “And he (Ron) was talking about his atheism at dinner one night and my dad leaned over to me and grabbed my hand and said, ‘My only prayer is that my son becomes a Christian’…and that was his prayer.”

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(CNN) – Ani Choying Drolma was not stabbed as a teenager by her Tibetan sculptor father in one of his many fits of rage.

That, says Drolma, is an urban legend which has been amplified during the two decades in which she has been telling her incredible story to journalists around the world.

Not that her biography needs exaggeration.

Born in Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents, Drolma’s rise from teenage nun to international music star is the stuff of fairytales. Her prolific philanthropic work and subsequent role as Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador has earned her comparisons to India’s Mother Teresa.

But with 12 pop albums to her name Drolma is arguably a more unusual, groundbreaking figure.

Unmarried and child-free, when Drolma, 45, drives herself around the chaotic capital of Kathmandu in her saffron robes honking her horn as her songs blast from the radio, she is defying just about every expectation of women in Nepal.

“I have been the most revolutionary person I can think of in my society,” Drolma tells CNN.

She isn’t exaggerating.

Drolma’s father did hit her.

“Small things irritated him and he’d beat me and my mum,” she says. “Today, I see it as a disease he was suffering from. But in those days we all suffered because of it.”

Aged 10, full of anger and fear, Drolma resolved to become a Buddhist nun — in Nepal, nuns are not permitted to marry or have children.

“I thought, ‘If I grow up and get married that man will treat me the same way’. Domestic violence is a big problem in our society.”

Her parents were approving of Drolma’s decision — “our cultural belief is that when someone becomes a nun they are going to live their life more positively” — and three years later she was accepted by a local monastery.

Without hesitation, Drolma shed her hair, everyday clothing and birth name, Dolma Tsekyid.

“When I first got (my head) shaved I felt so free, I could feel the breeze.”

Nagi Gompa monastery was located on a mountaintop in the Kathmandu Valley, and to Drolma it was “paradise”.

“The whole environment there was beautiful. Everyone was kind, and I never got beaten, or had to carry my two younger brothers on my back. Or do the cleaning.

“I was given my childhood back.”

In Nepal, where 37% of girls are married before age 18, according to Human Rights Watch, Drolma had bought herself valuable time.

Foreigners would often visit Nagi Gompa seeking spiritual enlightenment.

In 1993, American record producer Steve Tibbetts turned up at the hilltop retreat with his wife to learn meditation under Tulku Urgyen, who he described as “a greatmeditation master” and Drolma’s main teacher.

On their last night, a translator at the monastery asked Tibbetts to record Drolma, then aged 22, singing.

“She sort of rolled her eyes — ‘Whois this guy with his cassette recorder?’ — took a deep breath, and sang somelines from ‘Leymon Tendrel.’ Iwasamazed, dumbfounded,” Tibbetts says.

So dumfounded, in fact, that Tibbetts forgot to press “record”.

“There’s a quality in her singing that cutsto the heart of what it’s like to be human,” he says.”That quality, that tonality, justgoes right to the centerof your chest.”

Tibbetts returned a few days later and captured Drolma’s voice. On returning to the US, he set her haunting Buddhist hymns to a guitar track, and sent the recording to Nepal, suggesting the pair collaborate on an album.

“Without calculation, I just did it,” Drolma says, “and later on it created some kind of a miracle in my life.”

While Drolma attributes her big break to Tibbetts, he is adamant the opposite is true.

“Just to be clear, she wouldn’t be denied,” he tells CNN, via email from the United States. “If I hadn’t have met her and started her off, she would have found someone else.”

The first album was called “Cho”.

The vocals were recorded at the nunnery in Nepal, and Tibbetts brought on board the legendary American hit maker Joe Boyd, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Nick Drake and Billy Bragg, to produce the album.

“Cho” sold well — although Drolma refuses to disclose the figures; “I don’t think about numbers” — and a U.S. tour was planned.

In a country where getting a visa to travel is described by many citizens as being nearly impossible — a Nepal passport ranked 98th in the world, alongside Sudan, Iran and Eritrea in the 2016 Visa restrictions Index, which measures how many countries citizens can travel to visa-free — Drolma was given permission to enter the US for a 22-city tour.

“I had two other nuns on stage with me, along with Steve and a guy on sound. We had a huge bus and we toured,” she remembers. “In New York we played (Brooklyn venue) the Knitting Factory. The fans were all Americans, there wasn’t a Nepali face in sight.”

Along with fast food, American women were a culture shock.

“I was surprised by the independence and confidence the women there carried,” she says. “They all drove. They were educated. I was inspired.”

Back in Nepal, Drolma bought a computer, installed an internet connection at the monastery, and opened a bank account.

The financial resources from the tour gave Drolma the chance to realize her dreams.

In 1998, she founded the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation (NWF).

Two years later, she opened the free Arya Tara boarding school in Kathmandu, which today is home to almost 80 young nuns from poor backgrounds in Nepal and India, and run entirely by female nuns.

Unlike at the monastery where Drolma grew up, in addition to religious teachings, the girls receive lessons in English, Nepali, mathematics, science, and computing — subjects to prepare them for careers. Many have gone on to higher education.

“Some of the nuns later quit being nuns,” she explains. “At that point, a secular education helps them survive a modern life.”

“I remember (receiving) a letter from Ani after our first tour,” says Tibbetts. “She said she’d realized that there was a chance to make some real money on the road and fulfill her dream of creating a school for young girls in difficult circumstances. She told me she wanted to do more tours.”

In reality, Tibbetts thought “she was probably more interested in getting a jeep, or a flat somewhere in Kathmandu.”

He was wrong. She did exactly “what she said she was going to do”, he remembers, and she “smashed through a lot of barriers in the process:religious, cultural, patriarchal”.

“I’m the first nun in Nepal sending children in nuns robes into normal colleges,” Drolma tells CNN. “They’ve never had that type of encouragement before.”

Over the next decade, Drolma made nearly an album a year: in 2002, her and Tibbetts even recorded in a cave believed to have once been home to 8th century Buddhist guruPadmasambhava.

She has performed around the world — including to an audience of 20,000 people in Tibet last Easter — counts superstars like Tina Turner and Tracy Chapman among her fans, and her biography “Singing For Freedom”, first published in French in 2008, has been translated into 15 languages.

Drolma has used her position to benefit those less fortunate than herself.

In 2010, the NWF opened the Aarogya Foundation, which provides medical services to those with kidney problems and has successfully lobbied the government to provide free dialysis to poor people in Nepal.

“I lost my mother to kidney disease,” Drolma says. “When she was suffering I took her to India twice, but I still couldn’t keep her alive.”

In 2014, Drolma was made Nepal’s first UNICEF national ambassador. In a country where more than 33.9% of children in rural areas and nearly 9.1% in urban settlements are doing some kind of economic work, she was assigned to protect young Nepalis from violence.

In 2011, Drolma showed her willingness to challenge the establishment when she offered sanctuary to a 21-year-old nun who had reportedly been gang raped and ostracized from her religious community.

“She is a human being like everybody else. This could have happened to anybody,” Drolma said at the time.

“It could have happened to me, to my sister. The most important thing is to treat her like a human being and then later we can look into the matter of whether she is still a nun.”

If Drolma risked being ostracized by speaking out she didn’t seem to care.

She had long been criticized in conservative Nepal for appearing in liberal Western magazines like “Marie Claire”, her love of Hindi films and her global pop career — all deemed inappropriate for a nun.

“As a nun,” Drolma says, “I’m supposed to be living in a very limited way. Nuns are not supposed to do this, to go there, to say that. They even think a nun should not sing.

“Yet I am someone who has come out and done everything to shock people.”

She pauses, and moderates her comments slightly: “I mean, I never sing tragic love songs, they are all meaningful spiritual hymns.”

In a patriarchal country, Drolma is unique in having achieved total independence. In Kathmandu she lives in her own flat, drives her own car, and has a successful career.

“I have never regretted my decision to become a nun,” she says, with confidence. “Yes, I missed out on the complicated married life. But some married women seem to regret not being able to go here or say this.

“For me, I’m completely enjoying my freedom. In fact, I am grateful for my childhood, even for my father.

“It has all been a blessing in disguise.”

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Meredith Jorgensen – KCCI Des Moines

Meredith Jorgensen is News 8s Lancaster County reporter.

She joined the News 8 team in July 2003. Merediths goal is to tell the stories of the people of the Susquehanna Valley. She covered the tornado in Campbelltown, Lebanon County, and the Amish School Shooting and the Empire Building Collapse in Lancaster County.

Meredith has won several Associated Press awards and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010.

She grew up in St. James, Long Island, N.Y. After graduating from Smithtown High School, she attended Ithaca College in upstate New York, where she majored in broadcast journalism.

She spent a semester in London and interned at NBC’S London bureau. Before joining News 8, Meredith worked for Blue Ridge Cable in Ephrata, anchoring “CNN Headline News Local Edition.” Shes a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Meredith makes her home in Lancaster, with her husband Chris and their dogs, Barlie and Molly. Throughout high school and college, she was an avid cross country runner, hurdler and heptathlete.

But Meredith has recently found sitting down to be quite enjoyable.

Her favorite movies are “The Departed” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

Her favorite books are “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler.

She looks forward to meeting many of you in the months and years to come. Please e-mail her at mjorgensen@hearst.com.

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CNN launches a virtual reality news unit – Engadget – Engadget

CNN has been experimenting with virtual reality for years, producing more than 50 news stories in 360-degree video. It also teamed up with VR broadcaster NextVR to live stream the full Democratic presidential debate in 2015. In a Q&A on the Time Warner blog, CNN Vice President of Premium Content Video Jason Farkas said virtual reality provides an opportunity for journalists to transport their audience and leave a lasting impression.

“I believe VR is the most powerful tool we have to accomplish that goal,” he said at the time. “The whole experience feels like time-travel: you put on a headset, and suddenly you are somewhere else, feeling remarkably close to the story. You are in the story – or at least your senses tell you that you are. The viewer walks away feeling the emotional impact much more viscerally, and memorably.”

Other outlets have integrated virtual reality into their newsrooms as well. Huffington Post started offering VR videos last year on the web and its mobile apps. Months later, The New York Times began creating its own daily VR content in a feature called The Daily 360. In its so-called 2020 report, the Times said it’s making progress in using a richer mix of journalistic forms, including VR, but it thinks it can do better.

CNNVR’s first story is about the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. During the 5:29 minute video, viewers can rotate the camera 360 degrees to look anywhere they like. They can get a better view of the crowds in a bullfighting arena, for example, or check out a matador’s swanky office. CNNVR’s videos are available on PC (Chrome or Firefox), the CNN app on iOS and Android, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream.

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Making the Case for Identity Management Technology – eMarketer

Jason Rose Senior Vice President of Marketing Gigya

Many companies dont think of identity management as a staple component of their marketing technology stack. But as more channels and touchpoints become part of the customer journey, brands have to start thinking strategically about matching customers identities across devices and engagements. Jason Rose, senior vice president of marketing at identity management vendor Gigya, spoke with eMarketers Maria Minsker about the importance of understanding customer identities.

eMarketer: Can you explain identity management? Why should it be a part of a brands marketing technology stack?

Jason Rose: Brands have websites, newsletters, mobile apps, loyalty programs and other touchpoints, but customer identities arent always synced up across these properties. Identity management should be part of the marketing technology stack because without it, when a customer signs up for an email newsletter and sets preferences there, another channellike the companys appwill have no notion of those preferences, so content wont be personalized.

This is where customer identity comes into play. A customer identity management system would become the central hub for understanding who a customer is and what their preferences are. It would help brands serve better personalized experiences across different properties.

A customer identity management system would become the central hub for understanding who a customer is and what their preferences are.

eMarketer: How do companies tackle the identity problem if they dont have a management tool in place?

Rose: Most often, we run into do-it-yourself solutions. The concept of creating an online account with a brand through a registration and login screen has been around forever. Often companies have built these themselves, and they likely built them before mobile existedor back when it was a smaller portion of the experience.

The omnichannel digital experience didnt exist, privacy concerns werent as high and there werent as many regulations. Things are different now, and if brands think they can handle it themselves, theyve got another thing coming.

eMarketer: When you say identity management, can the technology actually pinpoint a specific customer, or is their identity matched across different channels while still remaining anonymous?

Rose: Our whole reason for existing is to help brands make anonymous customers known. For example, Turner [Broadcasting System] is one of our big customers. When someone goes to CNN.com and signs up for a news alert, that person identifies themselves and opts in. If that customer wants to go beyond the alert and actually set up a CNN.com account, Gigyas [registration-as-a-service (RaaS) tool] supports that process and ties those two things together. That way, all the information provided ends up associated with the account.

Our whole reason for existing is to help brands make anonymous customers known.

eMarketer: How does an identity management tool integrate with other tools in the marketing technology stack?

Rose: By leveraging a single sign-in, were able to do a number of things. For example, we can share preference data with a content management system [CMS], or connect to a [customer relationship management] CRM and email marketing system. We can also integrate with a solution like AdRoll for ad servicing, and relay customer preferences to make sure theyre getting the types of ads they want to see.

eMarketer: What advice do you have for companies shopping around for an identity management tool? What should they look for?

Rose: As you look for an identity management tool, think about how you are using each interaction with the customer to build the relationship. Earlier I gave the example of signing up for alerts, and eventually creating a full accountwe call that progressive identity-building. Companies need to think about how each step can be woven into the customer journey, and then look at vendors that can support each of those steps.

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Republicans Starting to Think the NSA Has Too Much Surveillance Power – Gizmodo

Republicans have long supported the sweeping surveillance capabilities of the NSA and have insisted theyre vitally important to national security. But with their man Trump caught up in multiple scandals that may involve intelligence services targeting his communications, privacy is suddenly a top priority.

The NSAs Prism and upstream data collection programs first hit the public consciousness when Edward Snowden fled the country and revealed extensive details about the agencys enormous powers to intercept foreign and domestic communications. The programs fall under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which is up for renewal at the end of the year. Just last week, officials from the Trump administration said that the White House supports the clean reauthorization [of Section 702] and the administration believes its necessary to protect the security of the nation. But that may have changed.

Devin Nunes is the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee. He was part of the Trump transition team and has reportedly developed a close relationship with the president. He also is one of the few members of congress that seems to take Trumps allegation that Obama illegally wiretapped him seriously. Asked today about the renewal of Section 702 in the midst of continued intelligence leaks about Trump and Russia, Nunes said, I think its very problematic.

Many people feel that the investigation of the Trump campaigns relationship with Russia should be handled by an independent commission, rather than the House intelligence committee. Nunes has fought back against that suggestion. They can say whatever they want, but at the end of the day, I hold the gavel, theyre in the minority and were going to do what we want to do, he told CNN. We are not going to give up that jurisdiction to anyone else as long as Im here.

Nunes absolute refusal to acknowledge the growing body of evidence that Trump and his team have repeatedly lied about contacts with the Russian government has led to the impression that he is acting as a shield for the administration. And now, he thinks that the NSAs ability to surveil foreign powers and any American communications that might come up in that surveillance might be a problem. He elaborated at todays press conference:

Ive expressed this concern to the IC [intelligence community]. We have sent them many followup questions as it relates to intelligence thats been collected. And we expect prompt answers. I think we also expect unprecedented answers from them of the information that were going to be asking for.

Democrats have typically agreed with Republicans that the NSA programs are necessary and that doesnt seem to have changed. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told the Guardian today that Section 702 has been a far more impactful and important counterterrorism program and tool. But, That doesnt mean though that we shouldnt explore whether there are ways to improve any of the protections in existing law or whether there are any changes that we need to make to the structure of the program.

No one knows how many American citizens communications have been caught up in the NSAs net at this point. In 2014, The Guardian found tens of thousands of Americans emails were intercepted under one program. Lawmakers have shown little concern. Maybe Trumps relentless self-interest will finally result in something good being done about this egregious overreach. More likely hell find a way to make it more horrible, if not through intent, through incompetence.

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The liberals and their false angst on intolerance – Times of India (blog)

It is clear that today what passes for news is essentially opinion. The left-leaning media (so called liberal) have shown more intolerance than what is essentially called right-wing by them. They hate to lose. And when they do, the savage attacks on the non-liberals show their intolerance.

Take the case of Shazia Ilmi not being allowed to speak at her Alma MaterJamia Millia Islamia on a seminar on Women empowerment. Though she was invited, the invite was withdrawn at the last minute without explanation. General Bakshi and Tarek Fatah were invited to a prestigious club in Kolkata for a seminar and Mamata Banerjee made the institution cancel the event.

None of the liberals had massive rallies against such acts against Freedom of Speech. In fact, most news channels did not even carry this.

Be it the Indian, American or British media all seem to have a markedly liberal point of view that does not allow any dissent. Talk about freedoms. Only the Left it seems has the freedom to speak and rally.

The word intolerance is used all the time when there is a blowback on whatever the liberals say or do. No matter how innocuous the subject, such as spreading yoga worldwide, the liberal left will have something unpleasant to say about it.

The people have pretty much told the liberal media that they dont rule the dialogue and the social media is, thus, thriving. Whether it is the New York Times or the New Yorker, very few read them and many think they are biased towards the extreme left.

Change in spite of the media has happened in India, Britain and USA and will follow in most European countries. One has stopped watching Indian TV news as once again there is little news but a great deal of debate. What passes for news is the opinion of the anchor or the owners of the channels who have their own agendas.

Yesterday, I watched the news briefly and saw an event, that made me think:Arun Purie congratulating his daughter for India Today TV getting the award for best English and Hindi news. To me an award is a self-perpetuating exercise by an organisation where they form a club of sorts and give each other awards. Whether it is the Oscars, Grammys, etc. They form a small cabal who decide who gets an award. Is this the peoples choice? No! The people are not consulted and mostly unaware of how and who chooses these awards.

Newspapers, magazines and such organisations pump up their reader/viewership to garner more advertising revenue, so their own statistics are always suspect. So, are these awards really relevant? Are the best reporters getting awards? Is there even such a thing as investigative reporting left in India?

I saw a portion of The big fight where the issue being debated was Is free speech being curtailed now. Well, in fact no. When the Congress realised that Modi was a potential threat way back in 2004 a sustained campaign was launched to discredit him this is a long story and much has been written on this. The US media did the same for Trump. The people lost trust and switched to social media. And voted Trump as president, in spite the hundreds of negative articles that appeared on him by CNN, New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post and many others. They switched off.

So, I looked up once again at media viewership and came up with this revealing data on TV news viewership.

Top 5 English news channels viewership (BARC data week Feb 2017):

Times Now 798,000 India Today 498,000 CNN-IBN 404,000 NDTV 376,000 BBC 184,000

Hindi News Channels (Feb 2017)

Simply put two million people watch the top five English channels put together. And 485 million people watch the top five Hindi news channels.

The conclusion is most of what we see in the English news channels is really not relevant in the context of forming public opinion. A viewership of just two million in a country of 1.3 billion is too small to be of any significance. Wake up reporters and anchors. Your air- conditioned environment plus huge salaries and popularity are at stake. Beat the streets and start feeling the pulse of all Indians not just the Liberals and their cronies.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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Carson receives backlash after appearing to compare slaves to immigrants – WCVB Boston


Ben Carson appeared to liken slaves to immigrants who choose to come to the United States while addressing employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday.

Carson, who was confirmed to lead the department earlier this month, heralded the work ethic of immigrants before implying slaves who came to the United States worked harder than others.

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“Go to Ellis Island one of these days and go through that museum on Ellis Island and look at all the pictures of those people who are hanging up there. From every part of the world. Many of them carrying all their earthly belongings in their two hands. Not knowing what this country held for them. Look at the determination in their eyes. People who work 6 or 7 days a week. 10, 12, 16 hours a day. No such thing as a minimum wage. They work not for themselves but for their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters so they might have an opportunity in this land. That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunities. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships. Worked even harder and even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughter, grandchildren might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. Do you know, of all the nations in the world, this one the United States of America is the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people to realize their dream. This is our opportunity to enhance their dream.”

Earlier in the remarks, Carson said: “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity.”

HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan attempted to clarify Carson’s statement, saying, “Nobody here believes he was equating voluntary immigration with involuntary servitude.”

Critics quickly decried the comment.

“Ben Carson is also the guy who once compared Obamacare to slavery,” tweeted Keith Boykin, a CNN political contributor. “I’m starting to think he may not understand the word ‘slavery.'”

The NAACP declined to comment, but the group tweeted: “Immigrants?” in response to a story about Carson’s comments.

This is not the first time Carson has likened something to slavery.

In 2013, Carson said that Obamacare — the Obama administration’s landmark healthcare law — was the worst thing “since slavery.”

“You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”

Carson also compared abortion to slavery in an interview with NBC during his 2016 presidential run.

“During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to the slave,” Carson said in October 2015. “What if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do?”

Later on Monday, Carson posted on his Facebook page in an effort to clarify his remarks.

“Im proud of the courage and perseverance of Black Americans and their incomprehensible struggle from slavery to freedom. Im proud that our ancestors overcame the evil and repression that we know as slavery. The slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences. Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders. The Immigrants made the choice to come to America. They saw this country as a land of opportunity. In contrast, slaves were forced here against their will and lost all their opportunities. We continue to live with that legacy. The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten, as we demand the necessary progress towards an America that’s inclusive and provides access to equal opportunity for all. We should revel in the fact that although we got here through different routes, we have many things in common now that should unite us in our mission to have a land where there is liberty and justice for all.”

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