Conservative activist and former pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson recently blamed police shootings of black men on the “Me” generation that grew out of the “women’s lib movement.”
During an appearance Tuesday on American Family Radio’s “Today’s Issues,” Carson speculated about the behavior that led to the fatal shooting of black unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“Certainly in a lot of our inner cities, particularly in 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,” Carson said. “Usually the father figure is where you learn how to respond to authority.”
He also addressed comments made by host Lauren Kitchens Steward about respecting authority and the entitlement, which she claimed, “dominates” this generation.
“I think a lot of it really got started in the ’60s with the ‘Me’ generation. ‘What’s in it for me?'” Carson said. “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.”
Watch the interview below, via Right Wing Watch:
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