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Dr. Ben Carson Verses Rev. Jesse Jackson re Ferguson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 25, 2014

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder once infamously said that Americans are cowards when it comes to discussing race.  Holder was correct, but for the wrong reason.  Many White Americans avoid discussions on race due to the fear of being labeled racist.  This fear has been fed by years of political correctness and intimidation from the Left.  It has thwarted open and constructive discussions on an important issue facing America.

This Blog has previously raised the issue of a small but growing number of African-Americans with conservative political views.  These Americans do not avoid discussions of race with fears of being called a racist.  However, they show great courage coming forward as they often expose themselves to even greater insults from the Left.  Over the years many have been labeled “Uncle Tom’s” and worse.

One well-respected African-American conservatives is Dr. Ben Carson.  Prior to entering the political discourse, Carson proved himself as a world renowned neurosurgeon.  Carson was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, being raised by single mother in the inner city.  He credits his upper motility and great success on his mother who motivated Carson to achieve, irrespective of racism and other challenges he encountered.

In the video below, Dr. Carson debates Rev. Jesse Jackson concerning the most pressing challenges facing African-Americans today.  It is telling how different their positions are.  Jackson shares common Leftists view that outside and uncontrollable events by the African-American community are the biggest impediment towards upward mobility.

Carson, on the other hand, acknowledges the challenge the community faces stating:” Is there racism? Are there problems?  Yes.  Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  But we need to start looking at bigger issues here.”  However, his message seeks to empower communities, families and individuals to find ways to succeed, as Carson did so well.

It is not surprising that Jackson and Carson view the same problems so differently.  Jackson’s success and wealth emanates mainly from becoming a professional in the civil rights movement.  Carson has obtained his success through achievement in the competitive world of medicine.  In a sense, these two individuals represent a microcosm of the difference between the way those on the Left and Right view of individuals and their responsibilities to society.

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