Wednesday Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, the only black candidate in the 2016 campaign, hosted a dinner at Harlem’s landmark soul food restaurant, Sylvia’s, which is usually reserved for Democratic gatherings. He was there to impress luncheon attendees with his candid talk on race. Since his performance last Thursday in the GOP debate, Carson’s poll numbers have climbed,
According to Newsday, when asked about the rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality that began after the death of Trayvon Martin in Carson’s current home state of Florida, Carson told reporters, “Of course, black lives matter.” However, he did not mention the role of police in several well-publicized cases. Instead he blamed homicide as the leading cause of death among young black inner-city males, stating that “most of those occur at the hands of other young black males.”
After the gathering of 50 predominantly black Republicans, Carson said, “We need to be talking about ‘How do we instill values in people again, so they do in fact believe that their brother’s life matters?'” Raised poor in Detroit, he went on to become a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The NY Daily News stated that Carson had some severe words for Democrats and fellow African-Americans. “What I feel, instead of people pointing fingers at each other, and just creating strife, what we need to be talking about is, how do we solve the problem in the black community of murder,” Carson said.
Carson, who according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, is in second place among Republicans in early voting Iowa also bashed the Democratic Party for luring minority voters with condescending promises of political giveaways that lead to a dependence on the government. “I think it’s because the Democrat Party has subscribed to the Lyndon Johnson philosophy,” he said. Carson was referring to Johnson’s infamous statement of how to keep blacks voting democrat for the next 200 years.
The Guardian reports that in responding to critics accusing him of being an “Uncle Tom”, Carson touched on his difficult childhood and his later climb into the elite tiers of medicine and politics. “They need to actually listen to not only what I’m saying but look at my life and look at what’s been done,” he said. “What the Republican party needs to do is come out and discuss more the kinds of relationships and the programs that will help bring people out of poverty,” he said, “to rise rather than simply be satisfied in a dependent position in our society.”
One major problem Carson will have to get past are the die-hard black democrats. Myrna Coombs, a 57-year-old teacher, said that while she admired Carson’s intelligence his professional accomplishments, she was a Democrat through and through. “He’s in the wrong party,” she said. “I like Bernie.
Leah Wright Rigueur, a Harvard professor, suggested that Carson’s speech in Harlem may really be an appeal to white Republicans, mimicking a strategy developed by Ronald Reagan. “If he can appeal to black people by going to the epicenter of blackness,” she said, “he can say ‘I’m authentic, I’m with the people.’ Wright Rigueur added, “It’s a way to make conservatism less scary and make it appealing to moderate conservative voters. The idea being ‘if we win some black and Latino voters, great, but really this is to win moderate white voters’.”
When asked why black Americans vote overwhelming for Democrats, Carson cited dependency on social services championed by Democratic leaders. He feels the black community would be transformed by policies that encourage “upward mobility as opposed to dependency, instead of being satisfied to be patted on the head and kept like a pet.
The Democratic party kidnapped black Americans in the 1960s and have never released them. Even though the truth about the history of the Democrats (creators of the KKK, Jim Crow and segregation) and blacks could set them free, they refuse to listen and now blacks suffer from Stockholm Syndrome and refuse to leave their captors.