You can’t condemn Ben Carson’s words because he has to defend himself as an “authentic” African American against liberal accusers.
Ideally, Ben Carson should be seen as a “post-racial” candidate like Barack Obama was sometimes called. Back in October 2015, Jonah Goldberg wrote in the National Review about Ben Carson’s popularity with Republicans,
Carson’s popularity isn’t solely derived from his race, but it is a factor. The vast majority of conservatives resent the fact that Democrats glibly and shamelessly accuse Republicans of bigotry — against blacks, Hispanics, and women — simply because they disagree with liberal policies (which most conservatives believe hurt minorities). Yet conservatives also refuse to adopt those liberal policies just to prove they aren’t bigots. Carson — not to mention Carly Fiorina and Hispanics Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — demonstrates that there’s no inherent contradiction between being a minority (or a woman) and supporting conservative principles. And that fact is just too terrible for some liberals to contemplate.
The way liberals have dealt with Carson’s inconvenient race has been, at best, to ignore it. That would be an excellent practice if these same liberals (and, of course, the word “liberals” includes the mainstream media) didn’t emphasize the race of black liberals, implicitly or explicitly accuse Republicans of racism, and constantly state that blacks cannot succeed in America.
Carson is at least evidence of the bias and hypocrisy of Liberal America.
Recently, liberals have gotten outraged at Ben Carson’s words about Barack Obama’s racial identity. According to Politico,
“He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white,” said the world-renowned neurosurgeon, whose single mother worked three jobs – and occasionally relied on government aid – to elevate Carson and his older brother from the grinding poverty of ghetto life.
“I mean, like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but … he didn’t grow up like I grew up … Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”
Salon gives us the typical liberal (and hypocritical) outrage over this, saying that Ben Carson is playing the “race card.” But liberals are the ones who force us to play that game. Carson is simply doing his best with the hand he has been dealt. According to Obama’s own rhetoric about race and black people in this country, Ben Carson is much more typical of African Americans than Barack Obama is.
This is important because liberals manipulate African Americans to support the Democrat Party by encouraging them to think that anything else is a betrayal of their race. It is important for Ben Carson to show African Americans that, while it makes sense for Barack Obama to be trained in what is predominately white liberal ideology, they don’t have to follow his leadership.
Salon also calls Carson “desperate,” but that would be true of anything he said this far behind in the polls. At this point, the value of the Carson campaign is not in politics but in education and culture. He’s trying to free hearts and minds and using his candidacy to do it.
Ben Carson’s words aren’t desperate, they are brilliant.