Dr. Ben ‘Brains’ Carson Claims Lack of Respect, Not Racism, Is The Issue

Ben Carson has a history of sweeping racial issues under the rug in an effort to please his white masters at the RNC and the bigoted base that supports them. From claiming that racial profiling isn’t a “real threat” to black men to claiming that political correctness and the lack of a father killed Michael Brown, Carson is no stranger to towing the GOP’s racist line when needed.

And he did it again during a tour of Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday, when he blamed America’s ills on a lack of respect, not racism.

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The silencing power of ‘respect’

“Respect,” in standard English, is a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means, “esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability.” 

As a verb, it means “to hold in esteem or honor” or “to show regard or consideration for.”

The right-wing does not speak standard English. They speak their own weird, Orwellian dialect, and in their Orwellian dialect, respect means none of the above. In much the same way that political correctness has become a stand-in to demonize actual respect, the word respect now means to keep quiet and stop saying things that they don’t want to hear.

So when Carson and others are calling for respect, they don’t mean, “hold everyone in high esteem,” they mean, “shut up.” Because if they didn’t mean that, then they’d be calling for more “political correctness.”

A lack of common sense

Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, was touring Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday when he made the remarks.

The murder of Michael Brown thrust Ferguson and the surrounding community into the national spotlight in August of last year, when a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

While the murder generated a national debate on police treatment of minorities, and exposed the deeply ingrained racial divide in the country, Carson insisted that the problem isn’t racism. According to Carson, the problem is education inequalities and a break down in values.

“Education is the great divide,” Carson said. “Children need to understand that they have to get a good education.”

It’s not a children’s job to get a good education, it’s our nation’s job to provide it, something we haven’t done because of our fetish for private and charter schools.

Carson said that it was necessary to “de-emphasize race” and “emphasize respect for others,” adding that, “If we respect people, we can begin to understand them. Our strength is in our unity.”

He also took the opportunity to expound on his anti-abortion position, saying that the “Black Lives Matter” movement should include “black lives taken by abortion.”

Not every one disagreed with Carson’s message, though. The 75-year-old Patricia McNeal, who works in Ferguson but lives in nearby Florissant, said that she sees Carson as a “man of integrity,” and said, “He does not try to degrade other people.”

Carson is currently second only to Trump, polling at 21%. And if I had to hazard a guess, it’s because there are more white supremacists in the Republican party than there are individuals willing to vote for a black man.

Feature image via DonkeyHotey on Flickr

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