On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson discussed his debate with Jesse Jackson that had occurred over on last weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday.”
Host Bill O’Reilly suggested Carson had been “generous” in his debate with Jackson. However, although Carson argued that it was important to recognize the contributions of civil rights leaders, the challenges facing the black community today are different than they were during the civil rights era.
“[T]he fact of the matter is that he and a number of other people of all races put a lot on the line,” Carson said of Jackson. “They risked a lot. But you know, that was a long time ago I do appreciate all there’s that people make. People were thrown in jail. People were killed. Lots of problems. I think perhaps we wouldn't be where we are today if people hadn't done that. However, we have a very different problem today. The problem today is a social problem. It’s not so much a racial problem.”