Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said on Tuesday that political correctness will “destroy” the nation.
The official was referring to the harsh criticism he received for an out-of-context comment he made at a staff meeting at homeless women’s shelters in September that was allegedly offensive to the transgender community, the Western Journal explained.
The Washington Post published an article accusing Carson of referring to transsexuals as ‘big, hairy men’ during the meeting.
However, a HUD official told the Post that although Carson said those words, he was referring to men who, pretending to be transgender people, were trying to gain access to federal shelters that were reserved for women.
Jennifer Wexton of Virginia urged the official to apologize to the transgender community during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on housing policy, CNN reported.
Carson clarified again on Tuesday that he did not use those words to describe transgender people, according to CNN.
“I was relating a story that a women’s group told me about big, hairy men—who are not transgender women, by the way—coming into your facility and having to be accepted because of the rules that were in place,” Carson said.
“No,” added the HUD secretary, refusing to apologize for his words.
“I think this whole concept of political correctness—you can say this, you can’t say that, you can’t repeat what someone said—it’s total foolishness, and it’s going to destroy our nation and we need to be more mature than that,” he added.
The danger for women
Currently and in the name of nondiscrimination against LGTBI individuals, male offenders, including violent offenders and sex offenders, are serving sentences in women’s prisons in several Western jurisdictions, according to Quillette.
This is known as “self-ID” and means that their status as a man or woman is determined by their belief and what they claim and not by their actual biology.
Transgender prisoners enjoy privileges in prisons, such as the right to shower alone, to separate cells, and to request a change between male and female prisons.
Recently, the number of male prisoners who begin to ‘perceive themselves as women’ and request their transfer to women’s prisons is skyrocketing, leading to serious incidents that put the integrity of women prisoners at risk, according to The Telegraph.
A very symptomatic case is that of ‘Karen White’, a male rapist who was held in a women’s prison in Wakefield, England, in 2017 and who in his first three months raped three women prisoners, according to Quillette.
In the UK, currently 1 in 50 male prisoners now claim to be women, according to an official prison control survey shared by The Telegraph.