Carson: Baltimore unrest wasn’t ‘a racial issue’
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Retired neurosurgeon Ben CarsonBen CarsonBiden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE decried the framing of recent Baltimore tensions as race-based in a speech at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner on Saturday.
 
“I don’t think it was a racial issue,” Carson said. “The mayor of the city is black … many in the police force are black.”
 
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Carson, a 2016 Republican candidate for the White House, said he was tired of “divisiveness” in politics.
 
“Not everything is a Democratic or Republican issue,” he said.
 
Violent unrest emerged in late April in Baltimore after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody and eventually died.