Carson: Baltimore unrest wasn’t ‘a racial issue’
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Retired neurosurgeon Ben CarsonBen CarsonNoem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools Watchdog blames Puerto Rico hurricane relief delays on Trump-era bureaucracy Ben Carson defends op-ed arguing racial equity is 'another kind of racism' 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.