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Retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling Ben Carson scored big points with the audience and actor Terry Crews in an appearance on ABC's "The View" Tuesday when he argued that welfare "doesn't provide a way out of poverty."
Carson who appeared on the show to promote his new book 'One Nation' was asked by Crews if he thought the welfare system in its current state is racist.
The neurosurgeon who was raised by a single mother argued that welfare works against people who are seeking to become independent productive citizens.
"When you rob someone of their incentive to go out there and improve themselves, you are not doing them any favors," he said. "When you take somebody and pat them on the head and say, 'There there, you poor little thing… Let me give you housing subsidies, let me give you free health care because you can't do that.'"
"What would be much more empowering is to use our intellect and our resources to give those people a way up and out," he ended on the subject.
"I agree," said Crews joining the audience in applauding Carson's argument.
"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg quickly reacted, however, by revealing that she was a "welfare mother" at one time and pointed out that very few people want to be on welfare and would prefer to work.
"I don't feel bad about being a welfare mother because I contribute as an American," she argued. "Because the welfare system is so bizarre, you can't work, they don't allow you to work because they take the money from you. So, if we fix the system so that it doesn't hurt the people, maybe they'll get better."
Responding to whether he has any presidential ambitions during the interview Carson noted.
"It is not something that I desire to do, and my hope is that someone will come along that excites the people, who really understands what America is all about, and really doesn't want to change it in to something else.
"If that happens, then I won't do it, but I have so many people asking me, and as a patriotic American, I certainly have to think about it."
Terry Crews says people should forgive Donald Sterling</span>
Former American football star-turned-actor Terry Crews has become the first African-American star to offer embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling support, after the sports boss became one of the most unpopular men in the nation following a racial controversy.
Sterling hit the headlines last month when audio of him making remarks about African-Americans went viral.
The ill-advised comments prompted an immediate backlash and the 80 year old was fined $2.5 million by officials at the National Basketball Association for the remarks. Bosses at the organization are also trying to force Sterling to sell the team.
Sterling has since apologized for his remarks in a CNN interview with newsman Anderson Cooper, and now The Expendables star insists Sterling should not be forced to sell his team for regretful comments he made to an ex-girlfriend.
He says, "We need to forgive Donald Sterling... Who here is not guilty of saying something in anger...? I've said things about my family, my wife, my kids that, if you record it, you would think I was the devil himself.
"I don't think they should yank the team from him. The world has become so politically correct, no one is able to say anything anymore and it's ridiculous... People can say something by mistake and now they can have their business yanked... it's a dangerous precedent."
Crews is in the minority -- Whoopi Goldberg, Spike Lee and Queen Latifah are among the African-American celebrities who have publicly attacked Sterling for his comments.
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