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Ben Carson: Racism In United States Is "Mostly With The Progressive Movement"

"...because of the color of my pigment, they decide that there's a certain way that I'm supposed to think. And if I don't think that way, I'm an Uncle Tom and they heap all kinds of hatred on you. That, to me, is racism."

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he believes most racism in the United States comes from the progressive moment.

"I'm not sure I agree that there isn't a fair amount of racism here, there is, but it's not where you would expect it to be," the Republican presidential candidate said, responding to a question from radio host Dennis Prager who said the United States was the least racist country with multiple races living in it.

"It's mostly with the progressive movement who will look at someone like me, and because of the color of my pigment, they decide that there's a certain way that I'm supposed to think," continued Carson. "And if I don't think that way, I'm an Uncle Tom and they heap all kinds of hatred on you. That, to me, is racism."

Carson is currently in the middle of a book tour for his new book A More Perfect Union.

Carson, who grew up poor in Detroit and went on to go to Yale and become a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, said he believes education was the key to success.

"Race doesn't really keep you down in this country if you get a good education," Carson said.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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