New Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A “State Of Mind”

 In Economy   Last Updated: July 30, 2017

In an interview on Sirius XM Radio on May 24 2017, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson stated poverty is a mindset:

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” Carson said in a SiriusXM radio interview with Armstrong Williams, a top adviser to Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign. “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.” 

“And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom,” the neurosurgeon continued.

Carson later defended and clarified his statements, noting during an interview with NPR “It is a factor. A part of poverty can be the state of mind – poor in spirit…One of the things that I think government can do very well is to help create the right kinds of mindset, the frame of mind by providing ladders of opportunity.”



Watson, Kathryn. “HUD Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is about a “state of Mind”.” CBS News. CBS Interactive, 24 May 2017. Web. 03 June 2017.
Fessler, Pam. “HUD Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Remarks About Poverty.” NPR. NPR, 01 June 2017. Web. 03 June 2017.

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