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Ben Carson Blames Women’s Lib and ‘Me’ Generation for Ferguson

Forget racism or the disproportionate number of black people that get shot by police in America or who end up in jail. Possible GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson says he knows what to blame for Ferguson – women’s liberation and the ‘me’ generation.

According to Carson, women’s liberation led to broken homes and kids growing up without dads and respect for authority.

“Certainly in a lot of our inner cities, in particular the black inner cities, where 73 percent of the young people are born out of wedlock, the majority of them have no father figure in their life. Usually the father figure is where you learn how to respond to authority,” Carson opined during America Family Radio’s “Today’s Issues” last week.

“So now you become a teenager, you’re out there, you really have no idea how to respond to authority, you eventually run into the police or you run into somebody else in the neighborhood who also doesn’t know how to respond but is badder than you are, and you get killed or you end up in the penal system.”

He then said the real trouble started in the 60’s when people started thinking too much of themselves.

“I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘me generation.’ ‘What’s in it for me?’ I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement. You know, ‘I’ve been taking care of my family, I’ve been doing that, what about me?’ You know, it really should be about us,” he claimed, somehow linking women’s bid for equality to the very unequal situation in Ferguson.

He further suggested that if community leaders were interested in real solutions, they would not be fighting against injustice, but working with black people so they know their place and learn to respect that cop with a gun a bit more.

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