Carson: We Need To ‘Grow Up As A Society’ — Stop ‘Renaming Everything’ Because Of Racial History

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    (Breitbart) – Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson called on society to “grow up” and stop renaming things because of the racial history.

    Stephanopoulos asked, “The president’s convention acceptance speech is scheduled for Jacksonville on August 27th, a KKK mob attacked mostly black civil rights protesters. Is it appropriate to have a convention speech on that anniversary in that city?”

    Carson said, “You know, we’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it. We really feed to move away from that. We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, of renaming everything. I mean, think about the fact that some of our universities, some of our prestigious universities, have a relationship with the slave trade. Should we go and rename those universities? You know, it really gets to a point of being ridiculous after a while, and you know, we have to grow up as a society.”

    Flashback: Republican-Led Committee Passes Elizabeth Warren’s Amendment To Rename Military Bases

    The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday evening to pass an amendment offered by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to rename several U.S. military bases named after Confederate generals.

    CBS News reported:

    A source familiar with the proceedings confirmed to CBS News that the GOP-led panel on Wednesday approved the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts via voice vote. According to a summary of the NDAA released by the committee Thursday, the measure requires the Defense Department to rename posts and assets — streets, aircraft, ships, and other equipment — either named for Confederate officers or that honor the confederacy within three years.

    Warren described the names of the military bases as a “tribute to white supremacy.” However, the U.S. Army under President Barack Obama described the use of Confederate names as a gesture of “reconciliation, not division.”

    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced in the Senate Thursday that he would offer an amendment to the final bill that would reverse Warren’s amendment.

    The current push for renaming the bases predated the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial Day. Two days before, the New York Times editorial board called for renaming the bases in an editorial accusing the military of “celebrating[ing] white supremacy,” accompanied by a bullet in the shape of a Ku Klux Klan hood.

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