Dr. Ben Carson’s op-ed criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement won’t go over well with their movement because it speaks out against the Democrats ineffective, sometimes corrupt and frequently morally bankrupt, ‘civil rights leadership.’ Dr. Carson calls for African-Americans to conduct a series of marches, starting with a march on “the board of education”, followed by a march on “city hall”, “the entertainment industry”, a march on crack houses, then finally a march on Washington, DC.
Dr. Carson said that he “grew up in neighborhoods most Americans were told to never drive through” and that he “saw bullets, drugs and death in the same places” where he “played tag and ball with” his friends, noting that both of his “older cousins died on the streets where he lived. Dr. Carson said that “I thought that was my destiny.”
Most people know that Dr. Carson retired from being a world-class neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Few people know how his life started and what he went through to reach his current position in life. Thankfully, he’s written this op-ed to share some of his wisdom with the world. This paragraph is especially powerful:
Teaching is a tough job and thank God there was a teacher who convinced me that I was not dumb, but our schools are failing and we have no power to abandon them. The actions of rogue police officers take black lives one at a time. Our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones and twos, but in whole generations.
Lives would be improved if everyone took on the public school teachers unions. When Dr. Carson, a staunch conservative, and Juan Williams, a man with strong liberal convictions, agree that teachers unions need to be dismantled so school choice can flourish, that’s something that society should snap to attention about.
Both men rose from deep poverty because their mothers insisted that they not only finish school but to do well in school. One poor black man became a world-class neurosurgeon. The other became a reporter. Considering where they started from, that’s pretty miraculous. And yes, miraculous is the right adjective for their accomplishments.
This paragraph is powerful, too:
Let’s go down to city hall. Living behind a door with three deadbolts is not living in freedom. Being too scared to walk around your block at night is not the pursuit of happiness we were all promised.
Dr. Carson isn’t arguing that police violence should be ignored. He’s arguing there are things that are hurting entire neighborhoods and entire generations that race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson aren’t paying attention to.
It’s time that the media start focusing on the next generation of civil rights leaders. Men like Dr. Carson and Kevin Jackson, though they’re ignored by the liberal media, are likely the next generation of civil rights leaders. It’s time people started listening to them.