Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson responded Wednesday in New York City to critics who dismiss him as an “Uncle Tom” or a “traitor to his race.”
“I’d say they need to actually listen not only to what I’m saying, but look at my life and look at what’s been done,” the retired neurosurgeon told TheBlaze.
“It is the things that have been done that elevate people. Not things that impress people and make them dependent,” he added.
As Carson’s popularity has risen in the Republican Party, he has been accused by many left-wing bloggers as an “Uncle Tom” figure.
An article published on the Daily Kos said, “Dear Ben Carson, When a Person Has to Deny Being an Uncle Tom, It Usually Means They Are One.”
The phrase “Uncle Tom” is used as an insult, usually meaning that the person is subservient to white people or has betrayed other blacks and is complicit in the oppression of his own race.
Carson, who has surged in the polls following the first GOP primary debate last week, also discussed how he thinks Republicans can reach minorities.
“Well, I think it is because the Democratic Party has ascribed to the Lyndon Johnson philosophy. I don’t know if you know, but Lyndon Johnson said, ‘If you give those N-words such and such, they’ll vote for us for the next 200 years,’ Carson explained.
He added, “What the Republican Party needs to do is come out and discuss more the kinds of relationships and the programs that will actually bring people out of poverty. That will also give them the ability to use their God-given talents to rise rather than to simply be satisfied in a dependent position in society.”