By Veronica Mackey
“He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins…”--Wikipedia
This abbreviated biography of Dr. Ben Carson is more than impressive. In fact, anyone with these accolades is in a special category reserved for geniuses. Unfortunately, for Dr. Carson, these high level achievements seem misplaced as soon as he opens his mouth. Since he came on the political scene in 2014, Carson has made a number of eyebrow-raising remarks that make me wonder how he ever became the head of pediatric neurosurgery or any other lofty thing.
As a follower of Dr. Carson, I have always admired his work. I mean, separating conjoined twins and having them leave the hospital alive—who does that? And when you’re black, pulling something off like this is even more amazing because of what he most likely had to go through just to get through medical school.
Carson was not born privileged, but his ties to the black experience in America have clearly unraveled. “I often question the blackness of people like Ben Carson—black folks who’ve reached high levels of achievement,” Inglewood businessman James Woods said. “They tend to take on white sensibilities and distance themselves from the black experience. There’s a lot you cannot tell just by looking at us and our black skin.”
As much as I admired Dr. Carson as a surgeon, that admiration quickly turned to contempt when he decided to run for president. A whole new man emerged, one I did not recognize or even like. He got on my bad side when he began dogging my president (Obama). He made some pretty outlandish remarks, such as:
“Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.” He actually advocated for stripping non-citizens of their non-existent American citizenship if they are caught voting.
“Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” How could a doctor—a black doctor—say such a thing? When poor and low income families have access to affordable care, they get better. Who cares if they were helped by government funds?
When Donald Trump asked Carson to head the Department of Health and Human Services after dropping out of the presidential race months earlier, that job seemed like a good fit. But he turned it down.
Carson confidant Armstrong Williams told CNN, “He's never run an agency and it's a lot to ask.” Yet, Carson wanted to be our next president. As soon as things started to make sense, he accepted another cabinet post—heading the Department of Housing and Urban Development—a job he knows nothing about.
The good doctor apparently knows even less about American history. He told his new HUD employees on Monday: “There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream…"
Somebody give Carson a history book and a dictionary quick! Slaves are not immigrants and immigrants are not slaves. As far as slaves working harder, they had the most powerful of incentives—beatings, rapes, the threat of death. Slaves did work harder for less, but for less than what? Free?
And if Carson thinks slaves came here to pursue their dreams, he’s the only one who’s dreamin’.
With a successful medical career behind him, fame and fortune, Ben Carson is in good shape. He should do all of us a favor and resign as the HUD head before any serious damage is done. He should travel the world and enjoy his golden years as Dr. Ben Carson, Brilliant Idiot.