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Ben Carson: Hopelessly Naïve or Hopelessly Disingenuous?

October 13, 2015

Ben Carson is either hopelessly naïve, hopelessly unprepared (read unqualified) to lead or a closet General Colin Powell; which means he is politically closer to Obama than he is to Ronald Reagan.

I remain convinced that Carson shelters within his psyche a belief that America is not fair to blacks and that without government intrusion vis-a`-vis a continuation of race-based preferences and government dictates, blacks still do not have the same availability of opportunity that whites do. The difference between Carson and others who cling to such pernicious opinions of equal opportunity in America is the fard that masks it.

Specific to my point thus far, on Thursday, October 8, Carson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, that the Voting Rights Act must be protected. Carson said: “Of course I want the Voting Rights Act to be protected. Whether we still need it or not or whether we’ve outgrown the need for it is questionable. Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t. But I wouldn’t jeopardize it.”

The obvious questions would be: Protected from what? From whom?


This one statement I argue should remove all shadow of doubt of Carson’s resentment and belief that blacks do not have the same opportunities that whites do. There is no other way to interpret his words. The Voting Rights Act wasn’t set in place to protect white voters. “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 forced 16 states to obtain approval for every election law change no matter how big or how small. The Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder ruled that such federal oversight upset the constitutional balance by using circumstances from 50 years ago to justify federal intrusion into state power. And the Court extinguished the oversight.” (J. Christian Adams; former election lawyer, Voting Rights Section; U.S. Depart. Of Justice)

But apparently Carson still secretly harbors the belief that given the opportunity, the evil white man will get you. Isn’t that why Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, the New Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson, and Marxist groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) defend the continued need for same?

Eric Holder was concerned about it to the extent that he determined certain neighborhoods in the South were too white and had to be changed. Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, the SPLC, et al argued that requiring voters to have legitimate identification was racist and placed undo hardship on black voters.

As J. Christian Adams said: “[Protecting the Voting Rights Act] is precisely what the racial-interest groups and the Democrats want—giving an attorney general like Eric Holder revived power to block state election laws by edict, as they did to Texas and South Carolina voter ID, and citizenship verification in Florida and Georgia.” (Ben Carson Jumps Shark: Open To Federal Control Over State Elections; PJMedia.com; 10/8/2015)

J. Christian Adams focuses on the untenable naïveté Carson exampled as he spoke. I, however, believe Carson’s comment is deeply troubling because even if (for the sake of argument) he is naïve his comment displays a fundamental belief that America is not fair to blacks.

Former presidential candidate Ambassador Alan Keyes never said he and Al Sharpton “have the same goal: to build a brighter, stronger America that provides equal opportunities and access to the underserved and forgotten. However, we have a fundamental difference of opinion regarding the best way to achieve such an end.” But Ben Carson did. (4/8/2015)

On the surface that might sound like an innocuous comment; it may even sound reasonable. And that I contend is precisely why Carson is not what he would have voters believe. Carson has shown a great propensity for making statements that on the surface seem reasonable, even laudable. But a simple dissection of his comments reveals deeply troubling fissures pursuant to the mellifluous genteelly he projects.

Herman Cain never fawned over Jesse Jackson praising him for the “good work” he has supposedly done, but Carson so did on a Sunday morning FoxNews program that both he and Jackson appeared together as guests. There comes a point that claiming Carson was “just being polite” grows thin.

National figures such as Dr. Walter E. Williams, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Ward Connerly, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Rev. James D. Manning, and of course myself have never fawned over Sharpton, Julian Bond, or Jesse Jackson – because we recognize them for what they are.

Congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West has never opined the merits of Julian Bond, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson. And neither has former Secretary State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

Holding someone’s brain in your hands or successfully separating conjoined twins are medical accomplishments but they are not synonymous with being qualified to be president. And as we examine the comments Carson continues to make, they portend a person who holds racial viewpoints that America has had enough of.

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Mychal Massie

Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here

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