Target: Ben Carson
Goal: Demand Ben Carson apologize for his many offensive comments.
Ben Carson is a leading Republican candidate for presidency, however, he has not realized he needs to more careful with his word choices. Carson has often been criticized for his derogatory comments, yet has shown no regret over his words nor expressed his apologies to those he has offended.
When speaking of the Holocaust, Carson has stated that if the Jewish people had been armed with guns, Hitler’s destruction would have been “greatly diminished.” These comments have been denounced by the Jewish people, including Jewish community groups and scholars, however, Carson has had no remorse following his offensive words. Carson has stated he believes the negative responses to his statements are dramatic and uncalled for, saying people “…like to try to stir things up and try to make this into a big horrible thing.”
Carson has also used the image of slavery to enforce points in his speeches. In 2013, Carson claimed “You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Carson has also likened women who get abortions to slave owners while calling for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.
Carson’s words reach millions of people and his opinions are no doubt influential. Sign this petition and urge Ben Carson to apologize for his offensive words and be more careful when speaking of such controversial issues.
Dear Ben Carson,
I am writing you today because I am alarmed at your word choices when speaking publicly. You have often been criticized over your word choices and have shown no regret or remorse over your harsh words. I implore you to recognize the impact your words have on the public and urge you to apologize for your derogatory comments.
You have often used slavery and Nazi Germany in your speeches to illustrate your points. These two horrendous parts of history should not be compared to society’s modern problems. Speaking of these dreadful events in such a casual way when your words affect so many is unacceptable. These events devastated the Jewish and African-American communities, and your casualness when approaching these subjects is incredibly offensive.
The words you use while speaking publicly reach millions of people and are undoubtedly influential, so you must not encourage speaking so carelessly of such tragic events. I urge you to apologize to the Jewish and African-American communities for your comments and be more careful with your word choices.
[Your Name Here]
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