Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter is “Political Correctness Run Amok”

Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter is “Political Correctness Run Amok” August 10, 2015

On Meet the Press last week, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told the host that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is “political correctness going amok.”

Carson had said on Friday, at a conference put together by the black conservative group Freedom’s Journal Institute, “Of course all lives matter. I don’t want to get into it; it’s so silly.” […]

Carson ameliorated his remarks a tad, saying, “[O]f course we should be very concerned about what’s going on, particularly in our inner cities. It’s a crime, you know, for a young black man, the most likely cause of death is homicide. That is a huge problem that we need to address in a very serious way.”

But he would not back down when it came to the crusade against police that’s the thrust of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, stating, “The vast majority of police are very good people. Are there bad apples? Of course. But if you hire a plumber and he does a bad job, do you say all plumbers are bad? Let’s go out and kill them? I don’t think we do that.”

These words are not just coming from one of the most accomplished Black Americans in our nation’s history, Dr. Carson grew up in poverty in Detroit.  If anyone understands the black experience in America, it is him.

There are real problems that need to be addressed to help our black communities.  Political Correctness gets in the way of actually solving these problems.

I think it said it best at the first GOP Presidential Debate on Thursday, when he said:

You know, I was asked by an NPR reporter once why don’t I talk about race that often. I said, “It’s because I’m a neurosurgeon.” And she thought that was a strange response . . . I said, “You see, when I take someone to the operating room, I’m actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn’t make them who they are. The hair doesn’t make them who they are. And it’s time for us to move beyond that because . . . our strength as a nation comes in our unity.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could all talk about race and politics the way Dr. Carson does?

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