by Yvette Carnell
During an interview with radio host Mark Levin, Dr. Ben Carson – an acclaimed neurosurgeon – said he believes white liberals “are the most racist people there are” and that they are attacking him for having left the ‘plantation’.
Dr. Carson seems convinced that those on the left are coming for him because they’re afraid of a strong conservative black man.
“They want to shut us up completely,” Carson said. “I represent an existential threat to them. They need to shut me up, they need to delegitimize me.”
“And you’re attacked in many respects because of your race. Because you’re not supposed to think like this, and supposed to talk like this. A lot of white liberals just don’t like it, do they?” Levin asked.
“Well, they’re the most racist people there are,” Carson replied. “You know, they put you in a little category, a little box. You have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?”
One wonders how a man as accomplished as Carson could part his lips to say something so profoundly stupid.
Firstly, the idea that black Democrats are somehow stuck on a plantation implies that black people are far less capable of assessing their interests and making political judgments than whites. The implication here is that, although Carson and the vast majority of white voters make decisions based on their critical interests, blacks who vote for Democrats just don’t know any better and thus, are still stuck on the plantation. The conclusion reached is that blacks who vote for Democrats need to be freed by smarter and more astute Negroes, such as Dr. Carson. (As an aside, isn’t it curious how the colorblind GOP loves to hurl slavery references?)
How Dr. Carson reaches his conclusion is far more important than the conclusion itself, since his premise assumes that blacks are less capable of making political decisions than their white counterparts, which is, of course, the textbook definition of the type of racism Carson is accusing white liberals of harboring.
The irony here is that Carson embodies all of the core reasons why many blacks recoil at the idea of ever joining the GOP. Whoever thought saying, “Yeah, I know you’re too stupid to know any better, that’s why you’re stuck on the plantation, but come over here and I’ll teach you..” was a winning slogan for black voters?
The idea expressed by Carson, that blacks somehow need saving, as opposed to truth, which is that blacks just don’t see how their interests align with Republican policies, explains why Dr. Carson is destined to be just another in a long line of black conservative failures. If you want to win black votes, you don’t do it that way.
A neurosurgeon should really be capable of making better arguments than that anyway. Dr. Carson may not agree with black Democrats on much, but he’d do well to stop pretending that he’s the only black man in America born with sense enough to come in out of the rain.