Carson: Movies, Not Violent Cops, Are the ‘Real Culprits’

Instead of protesting police violence and inequities in the criminal-justice system, activists should focus on the “real sources of hopelessness” in African-American communities, according to Ben Carson.

In an editorial for USA Today published Monday, the Republican presidential contender argued that music, television and movies are responsible for unrest in the nation’s inner cities. He accused the Black Lives Matter movement of distracting people by attacking “politically convenient targets, not the real culprits.”

The news website Think Progress noted that Carson (the only black candidate in the race) previously called the movement “silly” and declared that “of course all lives matter.” In his op-ed, he criticized the film “Straight Outta Compton” for “glorifying violence and equating prison time with authenticity.”

The former neurosurgeon admitted he had only viewed the trailer for the movie. According to Think Progress, the film “focuses far more on unprovoked police brutality than on ‘glorifying’ violence” by black gangs. The website accused Carson of “proving how little he really understands about the movement.”

The candidate wrote: “Let’s confront the entertainment industry that lines its pockets by glamorizing a life where black men are thugs and our women are trash. Let’s tell them we plan to start talking with our wallets.”

Since his performance in the first Republican presidential candidates’ debate, Carson has surged in national polls of likely GOP primary voters.

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