On Monday, Dr. Ben Carson challenged “Rev.” Al Sharpton to discuss the riots in Ferguson, Mo. and how violence across the U.S. can be reduced, making this country safer. “I had an opportunity to speak with Reverend Sharpton a couple months ago at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” said Carson in his Fox News interview, “And said, ‘We want the same kinds of things but we have very different approaches to achieving them. What do you think about a public debate to talk about the various ways that we can get this done?’” “He was initially enthusiastic about that, but the offer still stands. These are things that need to be discussed, and we need to bring out in the open. What are the raw issues, and how do we solve them? We will never do that if we remain in our separate corners and cast dispersions.” Via Mediaite:
Carson is a Fox News contributor while Sharpton hosts a primetime show on MSNBC. Sharpton has led rallies in Ferguson over the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, who is black, was shot dead by a white officer last Saturday. Sharpton has been accused of amping up the unrest in Ferguson, which has led to rioting and looting, according to police.