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HUD Secretary Ben Carson (pictured) has come under fire numerous times for publicly saying things that have been considered controversial, idiotic, and at other times, downright disrespectful.
Carson’s latest controversial use of the tongue came during an April 10th visit to Winridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. During his school visit, The former brain surgeon was having a conversation with a black single mother named Shakila Boyd who was present at the school during Carson’s appearance.
Boyd tearfully told a story about the obstacles she’s been through in life as a single mother dealing with poverty. “I’m going back to school now and everything. I have a house. [HUD] helped me get a job and I’m doing better now,” she said. Boyd was once homeless while raising her daughter.
Instead of offering words of encouragement, Carson’s response to Boyd’s oral account of her life story and dealing with poverty was more like a lecture about how women like Boyd should be living their lives.
“Number one: finish high school. Number two: get married. Number three: wait until you get married to have children. Just those three things, and you’re two percent less likely to live in poverty,” Carson said during his school visit.
Carson is a staunch Republican with conservative values. Donald Trump handpicked Carson to head up HUD because of his belief in downsizing the government agency and choking off news funds for low-income people who need federal programs that assist them with housing, job placement, and more.
One of the other things Carson has said in the past about poverty and people who live in it is that they are “too comfortable” in their situations. However, Carson recently came under fire again for using taxpayer monies to fund a $31,000 dollar office dining room set to enhance his level of comfort while working in his government post.