Listen: Hampton, Ben Carson, Hampton University discussed on Q and A
"I also spelled this profound sense of unease as we talked about that because lord knows I don't want my neighborhood back the neighborhood that I came out of was a public housing project and then from a dysfunctional family and there's nothing there to be glorified or to go back to. you are told that story in a biography called never forget that it's the sum total riveting story of one woman's Jersey journey excuse me from public housing to the corridors of power you talk often about your biography when you're speaking to audiences I'm told me of the capsule version of what you went through and how it shaped you are today. welfare mother alcoholic father born on the kitchen table. Portsmouth Virginia. and I think that my story is not unique. it is a quintessentially American story that that defies race because I have friends you know who are black or white who are Latino who all share this story. this story which I think makes us all love this country so much coming out of that what what what happened how how did you make the journey from that to where we are today well the first of all was a was a family that pull together my mom had six kids her sister's divided the kids up and helped her so that was the first department of health and human resources was not family members a father. largely absent my father suffered under the heading disease of alcoholism and I think because of that he had so many hopes and dreams that were dashed I as an adult understand a little bit better what may have caused him to desert his family the way he did not to excuse it but to understand it a little better. so the family pull together I went to live with an aunt and uncle who had a very middle class background didn't need the United Negro college fund to tell me and mind was a terrible thing to waste that was sort of a mantra in our family education was keen was critical of that was the ticket out I was a part of the the class of students that help to integrate the schools in the south so went through all of that having come out of that I warned at the peace and the comfort and the security of going to a historically black college and university and had the privilege of being educated at Hampton university in Hampton Virginia. and went there and felt that security felt that warmth felt that. I'm a big advocate of H. B. C. use for that reason I understand the role that they can play every kid doesn't need it I did. coming out of that experience might my uncle who was raising me said you can get married the day after college but not one day before you will get educated you will get the tools you need for life can enter to any of your brothers go to college no no I was the only one who had that opportunity. aunt and uncle yes yes they along one or two who may have had some college courses but none ever actually were able to complete it and boy did they succeed in spite of that am I I. oh my gosh my mother is my hero and I wish that every urban mother could know the ten mass city could know what putting your kids education in as a key to their survival which who who would know what it means to your kid to say you know we may be poor but will never be dirty who says good manners will get you places that open doors for you than others will never have opened so my mother. court all of that stuff into me the other person the other mother that I admire like that of course is Ben Carson's mother when you hear his story and I think my story and Ben Carson story on largely irrelevant I want somebody to tell their stories because I think it would be an encouragement to the mothers who live in those neighborhoods. went along that path to side you are conservative and were you a conservative at Hampton. I've always been a conservative I just didn't know I was and I didn't know I was a conservative until a reporter told me I was absolutely true story I was in Pennsylvania I had just done a speech and the reporter said something to me about being a conservative mine went oh dear god no I'm not one of us would make what would make you. and he went through the list of what because my view of the conservative wasn't old angry white males who may have had some racist tendencies and and I wanted nothing to do with that that's not who I was and that's not true conservatives are either by the way but that's the picture that had been painted. and when he began to describe the things that conservatives believe it was like. I guess I am. and so there was no conversion where I wasn't a conservative and then I was and I absolutely believe that a great many people in this country share conservative values but they don't want to carry that moniker because of how it has been defined today no one wants to be defined as racist no one wants to be defined as angry and bitter no one wants to be defined as lacking in compassion so I think we have to to show a different face of cool conservative is and let people know that you share our values you are a conservative conservative values work. I I tell Bernie Sanders voters all the time I defy you to say you care more about poor people than I do because you don't I defy you to say you care more about access to healthcare than I do because you don't I defy you to say you care more about educating poor kids when I do because you don't but we have very different solutions about how to get there so could we just agree to be solution people who want to solve problems and if your ideas don't work do we have to keep doing them over and over again can we really just do things that work and that will contribute to human flourishing. what time was your pathway from Hampton and by the way were you involved in politics at all was a college student I am so non political yes No. you were not involved no so how was your pathway from Hampton into the national policy. it was so interesting a friend came to our home once and said you know. we shouldn't be just wagging our faces thing there is on the faces of women and saying in our church teaches we've you shouldn't have an abortion we should do some very practical things to say if you choose life we will walk beside you we will help you and so my husband and I were involved in starting a pro life center to help women. and I was asked to come on television to debate the abortion issue very early on here in Washington on a new cable show on network at the time called B. E. T.. and I can tell you I'd that's the last thing I wanted to do the most controversial thing I'd ever been involved in debating was standing in front of the television and debating chicken or hamburger for dinner that was about it so stepping into Matt was frightening to me but I did. I did because I believe that as a nation. dear god can we solve the path followed use that exist in our country without throwing a pre born children and trash cans to me it was the greatest civil rights issue of our time because a member of the human family was being discriminated against because of size age and place of residence. I consider myself a feminist. and bear that title gladly and I was so annoyed that our current modern feminist movement. defined to me out of the movement by saying if I believed in protecting human life that I could not them therefore be a feminist but for me and my perspective. I don't have to reach inside my body and take the lives of my pre born children to be equal to any man. I don't I I I really believe that the culture has to adjust to me and who I am as a woman and I believe that's we'll feminism our next clip actually comes from that step in your career it's the earliest one we have a few in our video library nineteen eighty eight. nine years old at the time speaking to the right to life convention let's watch. look like. wife movement packed up and decided to go home. what would it look like. well look like well our country look like if we don't win. I think the implications of that are scary. what are the implications. for handicapped people in our country if we don't win. what Haitians for the elderly in our country. if we don't win. what are the implications for the millions of unborn children. in this country if we don't win. so couple questions out of that and you references earlier in your own philosophy you are they're talking about a broad definition of life and and I'm wondering how well you think as a whole the right to life movement has done and adopting that broader definition so that it crosses policy issues across society we tried we tried I cannot tell you the number of times that I wanted to have a discussion about the broader issues of what it means to have a high regard for the value and the dignity and the sanctity of human life and how it would affect public policy. but the interviewer would take me right back to talking about abortion. and I can't tell you how many times we have tried to explain to the American people that in nineteen seventy three something happened to the soul of this nation that has far greater implications than just you know dealing with on a medical procedure called abortion. and it's hard it's hard. and I think because the feminist movement and our country. has focused so much on the abortion issue that they recognize they've got to kill the whole thing in order to win that battle they cannot allow us to prevail on the broader set of issues. any time I have the opportunity I want to talk about that and talk about the implications of what that means but we rarely get the opportunity to do that but so for instance what's one issue that you think ought to be discussed more in this context my word to me just think about what governor north I'm saying that in and and Virginia about a child being able to be born and they set the child's side while the mother and the doctor determine whether or not to kill it. 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