Carson on Campus Turmoil: 'This Is a Very Dangerous Trend'

By Susan Jones | November 12, 2015 | 6:31am EST
Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

( - Commenting on the recent racial unrest at the University of Missouri and Yale University, Dr. Ben Carson described it as "raw emotion" and maybe even "manipulation." His recommendation? "The two sides need to sit down and have an open discussion," Carson told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Wednesday night.

"[W]e need recognize that this is a very dangerous trend. When we get to a point where a majority can say, I don't like what you're doing -- that's offensive and therefore, I have the right to be violent toward you or to deprive you of rights because I don't like what you're doing. You know, that really goes against the grain of our constitutional rights. And if we don't see that, we're in really big trouble right now."

After the Missouri football team went on strike in support of student protesters at Missouri, the university's president resigned under pressure on Monday, agreeing that he didn't do enough to address alleged racist incidents on the campus. The school's chancellor also announced plans to leave his job.

On Tuesday, campus police at the University of Missouri in Columbia sent a campus-wide email, telling students to immediately report "hateful and/or hurtful" speech, which -- even if not illegal -- may be punishable as harassment under the school's student conduct code.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri responded with a statement calling for the university to not compromise the right to free expression in its efforts to fight racism. Its statement says, "Mistakenly addressing symptoms -- instead of causes -- and doing it in a way that runs counter to the First Amendment is not the wise or appropriate response."

Carson, responding to free speech concerns, told Fox News that school administrators are "being a little too tolerant" in "accepting infantile behavior."

"And I don't care which side it comes from. You know, to say that I have the right to violate your civil rights because you're offending me is un-American. It's unconstitutional.

"And the officials at these places must recognize that and have the moral courage to stand up to it. Because if they don't, it will grow, it will exacerbate the situation, as we will move much further toward anarchy than anybody can imagine and much more quickly.

"We simply can't allow those kinds of things to happen. And we must encourage open dialogue. You know, it's the same thing that happens before people get divorced. They stopped talking. The next thing you know their spouse is a devil incarnate. That's what's going on. And we cannot allow that in America."

(The Associated Press contributed some of the information included in this report.)

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